Jan 01
Let us go back to the origin of the Church, to the day of Pentecost. Let us look at the Apostles […] They were all different. Jesus did not change them; He did not make them into a set of pre-packaged models. No. He left their differences and now He unites them by anointing them with the Holy Spirit. With the anointing comes their union – union in diversity. At Pentecost, the Apostles understand the unifying power of the Spirit. They see it with their own eyes when everyone, though speaking in different languages, comes together as one people: the people of God, shaped by the Spirit, Who weaves unity from diversity and bestows harmony because in the Spirit there is harmony. He Himself is harmony. […] Let us begin anew from here; let us look at the Church with the eyes of the Spirit and not as the world does. The world sees us only as on the right or left, with one ideology or the other; the Spirit sees us as sons and daughters of the Father and brothers and sisters of Jesus. The world sees conservatives and progressives; the Spirit sees children of God. A worldly gaze sees structures to be made more efficient; a spiritual gaze sees brothers and sisters pleading for mercy. The Spirit loves us and knows everyone’s place in the grand scheme of things: for Him, we are not bits of confetti blown about by the wind, rather we are irreplaceable fragments in His mosaic. (Homily Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost, 31 May 2020)