The 'Ruah Yahweh', the Spirit of God, is present in the Creation stories in Genesis. Here She is a creative force of power, hovering over the chaos, transforming it, raising it from darkness and and bringing it to light and life.
After this, Her presence is constant, as her work continues to unfold. She is known by many names. When she touches the human heart, Her own creation, She is always bringing and offering gifts. Joel the prophet, together with Isaiah and St Paul, cannot find enough words for these gifts. She is so generous. And in St. Johns Gospel, the Spirit, the Advocate, the Paraclete, is present in the breath of the Risen Lord as Forgiveness. Perhaps Her greatest Gift!
But earlier, Our Blessed Lord has something else to say about the Spirit. In the Temple, He cries out, " If anyone is thirsty let them come to me and drink!" And He teaches us that the drink we need has to come from the well within. Meister Eckhardt regretted that we all have a vintage cellar within which we seldom visit. At first, this call to recognise that we are the dwelling place of the Spirit may sound wrong. 'Surely the transfiguration has to come from outside ourselves', we say. Yet, as everything Jesus teaches tumbles into our hearts, we come to trust that everything He tells us about ourselves is true! Then, now united at the centre of our being to His Love, the Spirit flows, without ceasing, into our spirit and together we flow into the world that we and God love.
O Living Water, Refresh our Souls,
Spirit of Joy,
Lord of Creation.
Spirit of Hope, Spirit of Peace,
Come! Pray in us.