Have you ever noticed how, on a beautiful sunshiny morning after several rainy-grey days, total strangers will smile at one another as they pass? Their smile seems to say, “We have something in common, something wonderful. We don’t have to compete for the sunshine—it’s pure gift, and there’s plenty for everybody.” That experience must be something like the experience of Jesus’ disciples at Pentecost. When the Spirit came down on them, they understood that God’s love was more inclusive than they had ever imagined. God’s love was not measured out to the “worthy” by teaspoons, as theirs so often was. God’s love and mercy were freely offered to everybody, gentile as well as Jew. The Spirit was calling them, and the Spirit continues to call us, from an attitude of scarcity and competition to an attitude of abundance and cooperation in which there is enough, and more than enough, for all. Will you share God’s gifts of abundance today?
By Delores Dufner, OSB