Alan Schreck in his book, “The Gift Discovering The Holy Spirit in Catholic Tradition”, writes, ” Catholic Tradition testifies unceasingly to the Holy Spirit as ‘Gift.’ Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who is asking for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water’ (John 4:10) Later he explained that this gift of ‘living water’ was indeed the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39) St. Peter urged the witnesses of the first Pentecost to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, ‘and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 2:38) What a gift it was-and is!
St Thomas Aquinas explained that the Holy Spirit could properly be call ‘Love’ and ‘Gift’. Following St Thomas, Saint John Paul II recently taught, ‘It can be said that in the Holy Spirit the intimate life of the Triune God becomes totally gift, an exchange of mutual love between the divine persons, and that through the Holy Spirit God exists in the mode of gift. It is the Holy Spirit who is the personal expression of this self-giving, of this being-love. He is Person-love. He is Person-Gift.'(Dominum et Vivificantem 10) He goes on to explain that this ‘uncreated gift’ the Holy Spirit is the source (fons vivus) of all gifts of God to creatures: ‘the gift of existence to all things through creation; the gift of grace to all human being through the whole economy plan of salvation. (Dominum et Vivificantem 10)
The Holy Spirit is the giver of the gifts. The Holy Spirit is the first gift of God. The gifts of God (charisms) cannot be separated from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like the sun and the gifts are like the rays from the sun. Sometimes we treat the gifts of the Holy Spirit like badges of honor, or like lights on a Christmas tree. The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we have flow naturally from the Holy Spirit living in our heart and soul. We have the Holy Spirit living in our heart and soul. It is natural that we would experience gifts of the Holy Spirit in our life. Saint Leo the Great tells us, “If we are indeed the temple of God and if the Spirit of God lives in us, than what every believer has within himself is greater than what he admires in the skies.”
While most people only have a few of the charims. It is possible that any christian can experience any charisms at any given time. The Holy Spirit always wants to surprise us. For example, maybe you prayed for a person once and they were immediately healed of stage 4 cancer, or you have a deadly fear of speaking in public, but on one occasion you spoke and the Holy Spirit anointed everyone of your words and many were converted. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us it is possible that occasionally any one of us can experience any of the charisms. Normally, no christian has all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Thought for the day: Ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus doesn’t just want to give you gifts. Jesus wants to give you the giver of the gifts the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, “If you only knew the gift of God.”
Prayer for the day
Holy Spirit you are the sun that lights my way
Holy Spirit shine the rays of your gifts into my life
Holy Spirit bring to life the many gifts that you desire to give me
I open my heart mind and soul to the perfect Gift of God
Holy Spirit first gift of God come to me Today