By Stefania Caterina and Fr. Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest brothers and sisters, the title of our reflection today is “The open soul for the Holy Spirit”. Our reflection is not meant to be general: we want to speak about the deepest place in every man, believer or non-believer, and the full realisation of one’s life. We will speak about our times in which grace is acting powerfully speeding up the recapitulation of the entire universe in Christ, in a time when God is predicting the new creation through Jesus Christ.
To participate in this grace, to reach the fullness, the eternal life in fullness God offers our complete participation is needed. Let us begin with the words the Church proposes in this liturgical time and that we have heard these days in the gospel of St. John the apostle.
Stefania Caterina: We will take a passage of John, chapter 4, verses 23 to 26: “’Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’”
Father Tomislav: It reports the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. As we know, the Samaritans and the Jews did not speak to each other; they despised each other; they had a barrier in them. Also the apostles were shocked when Jesus spoke to a Samaritan who was even a woman. There are many barriers in man, many prejudices. Man is living in a haze; for that reason, God rescues man. The Samaritan, even though unaware of it, met the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He showed her the way in the Holy Spirit that guides every man who opens himself up for Jesus Christ, because through His Passion, death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven Jesus Christ sends the Holy Spirit to those who join His life; thus, Jesus shows them to the Father in the Holy Spirit. Continue reading