4 September, Tuesday – God’s Spirit Please

4 September

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1 Corinthians 2:10-16

The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says: Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

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Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.

In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

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A spiritual man

A spiritual man is able to judge the value of everything and his own value is not to be judged by other men, except by the Spirit of God that is already in him. I thought by going to church every Sunday, attend a couple of retreats a year, go for weekday masses, tune my moral compass towards God would pretty much make me a spiritual man. Being a spiritual man seems like someone with great wisdom and no one else can put you down because the Spirit of God lives in you which make you kind of like being above everyone else. According to the first reading, I would have the gift to judge on the value of things, not just between right and wrong, but the value, the worthiness of everything. After this, I shall not consider myself a spiritual man really.

A couple of times, people ask me how pious I am in my Catholic spirituality. Most times, I say I do go to Church on Sundays, every week without fail. I believe I could elaborate more like how much I value and always searching to understand my faith more deeply, about how I believe in the Eucharist and all that but I usually just brush all that away. Today’s first reading is like a confirmation to tell us that if we are active in activating the “Spiritual Yeast” in us, the things we teach unto others, the decisions and judgement we make in life is all guided by the Spirit of God. One who does not understand the mentality of a Christian, and thinks that the Christian way of life is all a lie and hoax into positivity and hope, is regarded as unspiritual and will never understand the Spirit.

Today’s Gospel exhibits Jesus’ power from His Father above and His authority over, not only by men and women who receives His teachings but also the unclean spirits that defies Him. Who would you rather have in you? A weak unclean spirit of this world that has no power of love and hope, being labelled as dead? Or the Spirit that presents to us gifts of eternal joys and salvation, and the judgement of value on all things in our life? When we feel lost and helpless, we bring ourselves closer to God by reading the bible, going for a Eucharistic celebration, praying the rosary or perhaps, give yourself to someone in need. Our believe in Christ comforts the heart of our Father, and that flame in us will just keep burning as long as we do not extinguish it for good.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Austin Leong)

Prayer: The Spirit of God is the most powerful weapon we have against the evil of this world. May non-believers see the goodness it brings and change of heart.

Thanksgiving: Jesus is my friend, brother and most of all, my saviour. I thank you for gracing me with faith O Lord.

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