In the first reading from the First Book of Kings we read “Elijah went to Zarephath of Sidon. The son of the mistress of the house fell sick, and his sickness grew more severe until he stopped breathing. So she said to Elijah ‘Why have you done this to me, O man of God? Have you come to me to call attention to my guilt and to kill my son?’ Elijah said to her ‘Give me your son.’ Taking him from her lap, he carried the son to the upper room where he was staying and put him on his bed….Then he stretched himself out upon the child three times and called out to the Lord: ‘O Lord my God, let the Life Breath return to the body of this child.’ The Lord heard the prayer of Elijah; the Life Breath returned to the child’s body and he revived.”
The Upper Room is an image of Pentecost.
Often to bring someone back to life we give mouth to mouth resuscitation. Life is in the breath. In Genesis God breaths into Adam and gives him life.
Jesus is a New Elijah. In the Gospel we read “Jesus journeyed to a city called Naim, and his disciples crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow….He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said ‘Young man, I tell you arise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”
Jesus also breathed on his Apostles when he gave them the power to forgive sin. The Life Breath of the Holy Spirit bring us back to life. Jesus said to Saint Faustina “Even if a body was like a corpus and beyond decay. If it turned to my mercy it would come back to life.”
St Bernard calls the Holy Spirit the Kiss of God. The Holy Spirit is the Kiss of the Father and the Son. We read in the Song of Songs “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth.” St Bernard says this mean asking the Holy Spirit which is the Kiss of God to Kiss us. Kiss of God Kiss me with the Kiss of your mouth.
Ralph Martin in his book ‘The Fulfillment of all Desire’ writes “Bernard suggest that the bride in the Song of Songs is only able to aspire to the Lover’s kiss because she ‘wept bitterly’ (Lk 22:62) she sighted deeply from her heart, she sobbed with a repentance that shook her very being, till the evil that inflamed her passions was cleaned away’ (Song 1:2,5) The kiss of the mouth’ spoken of in the Song of Songs is not lightly sought or prematurely expected.”
“St Catherine uses a slightly different image, that of kissing the hands of Christ, as an essential part of the ascension to the mouth.”
St Catherine tells us “Though you have made a beginning by kissing the feet, you may not presume to rise at once by impulse to the kiss of the mouth: there is a step tp be surmounted in between, an intervening kiss on the hand.”
Here is a beautiful song “Breathe on me Breath of God. Fill me with Life Anew. Breath on me Breath of God Until my Heart is Pure. Breath on me Breath of God MY soul with grace refine. Breath on me Breath of God so I shall never die.”
We need this breath of God. Breath on me Breath of God.
Paul VI writes “With the breath of the Holy Spirit…technique of evangelization are good but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Holy Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. We live in the church at a priviliged moment of the Spirit. Everywhere people are trying to know him better, as scripture reveals him. They are happy to place themselves under his inspiration. They are gathering around him. They want to let themselves be led by him. It is not by chance the great inauguration of evangelization took place on the morning of Pentecost. Under the inspiration of the Spirit.”
Feel the breeze of the Holy Spirit