I am continuing to find excellent Pentecost reflections on the web. The latest gem is from Fr. René Camilleri in the Times of Malta. You can find Fr. Camilleri’s entire article here but set forth below is an extended excerpt:
“The task of all those who claim to believe in God is to make God visible, tangible, and available on this earth. It’s no use preaching an infinite and changeless Being who is beyond the range of our inhumanity. The whole point of our religion is tragically missed if in religion we continue to speak of a personal transformation that does not lead to social transformation.
The incarnate God has a face and feelings and emotions. Yet our dualistic thinking about heaven and earth creates division where God has unified. We need a mental and heart revision, like the one the Apostles and first disciples went through, in order to receive truly the spirit that dispels the insecurity that engulfs our faith and gives the right vision that will invigorate the Church in a world that needs this new spiritual energy that religion is failing to generate.
The spirit is given to us to arouse within us the passion for the possible, to enable in us the vision of a transformation of the world we live in begun in the resurrection.
Teilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit paleontologist and theologian whose vision of a consecration of the world shows how the most intense moment of communion with the divine involves also intense moments of communion with the earth.
He speaks marvelously of the Eucharist on the world: “The sacramental species are formed by the totality of the world, and the duration of the creation is the time needed for its consecration”.”