Thought of the Day May 8, 2020 Fire of the Holy Spirit

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One of the symbols associated with the Holy Spirit is that of fire. In the New Testament, this is introduced by John the Baptist when he proclaimed that the One who comes after him “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Mt 3:11) Then in the next verse John gives his understanding of what this fire is intended for. "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." Jesus builds on this idea when he said: “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” This work of the Spirit was identified by Jesus when he said: “When the Spirit comes he will convict the world of sin."

As fire is used to purify the iron from all dross, so the Holy Spirit is given to us to purify us from all that hinders us from sharing fully in God’s divine life. It is by the fire of his love that we are brought to conviction and repentance for our sins. Ask for this grace daily, so that the fire of purification can become the fire of love within us. “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”

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