Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blessings for Pentecost

“When things get broken, which can happen so easily, [the] divine creative assumes the shape of a rejuvenating energy that renews the face of the earth (Ps 104:30). The damaged earth, violent and unjust social structures, the lonely and broken heart -- all cry out for a fresh start. In the midst of this suffering the Creator Spirit . . . comes, as the Pentecost sequence sings, to wash what is unclean; to pour water upon what is drought-stricken; to heal what is hurt; to loosen up what is rigid; to warm what is freezing; to straighten out what is crooked and bent.

“The Spirit is life that gives life. She is radiant life energy that like wind, fire and water awakens and enlivens all things. Each of these symbols. . . evokes better than abstract words the presence of the Creator Spirit in the world, moving over the void, breathing into the chaos, pouring out, informing, quickening, warming, setting free, blessing, dancing in mutual immanence with the world.”

-- Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Women, Earth and Creator Spirit

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