Church of Jesus Christ of the Universe
23 May 2021
We are celebrating the Feast of Pentecost and of the Holy Spirit. In yesterday’s message the Holy Spirit said: “You have reached an important stage.”1
In order to begin to understand the Holy Spirit, I think it would be good to review the whole situation. Jesus says several times: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”2 He also says: “He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”3 With this, Jesus also proclaims that the Father is above Him and that the Father is above the Holy Spirit. Jesus says and does what He sees the Father doing4, and so does the Holy Spirit. However, Jesus and the Holy Spirit always do one thing: they help us to know the Father. That is the whole truth when it says: “He will reveal to you what is to come.”5 These words contain the path towards the Father, towards the knowledge of the Father.
In the readings of the past week, of the Gospel, we hear Jesus’ prayer for us that has prepared us for the gift of the Holy Spirit.6 On the other hand, in the book of Acts, we also heard that some, although disciples of Jesus, did not know the Holy Spirit and had not even heard of His existence7. I believe that this is also true today: we know the Holy Spirit by name, but most of us do not know how to understand and participate in His work.
In the Gospel of yesterday’s feast8, there is a passage, which says that the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. We know that the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophets, but often the prophets did not understand what they were saying. They transmitted what they heard but did not actively participate in it. On the other hand, we know that Mary Most Holy, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed the Magnificat9, and in doing so, She contemplated the work of God before Her eyes, and at that moment, Elizabeth also recognised in Mary the Mother of the Lord, thanks to the Holy Spirit.10
I say that because the Holy Spirit works in this dimension. We take part in the Holy Spirit when we live in this dimension like Mary and Elizabeth. Then we are in the immediate knowledge, and then the Holy Spirit can take us ever further in the knowledge of God. He reveals to us the future, the future of God, not just any future. That is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Today’s first reading11 does not fully express what Pentecost is. It says that the Holy Spirit came down and gave the Apostles the gift of speaking in new tongues; yet, the descent of the Holy Spirit today is also linked to the whole path that Mary Most Holy and the Apostles had done before. That path, which goes through the Ascension, through the offering of one’s life and striving for the things of Heaven.12 This happened through the encounter with Jesus, when He breathed on them and opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.13 They began a path towards the whole truth, as if those three years with Jesus had been a preparation in which Jesus had testified with His life what life in God was. They were Jews who had Scriptures and Moses, and yet they did not know God.
So, when I speak of giving the right frame to all these things, we must start from the Father who is good to all, who loves everyone, who created everything in this vortex, in this work of love with Jesus and the Holy Spirit14, because the Father created nothing alone. The Scriptures say: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”15 This refers to Jesus. However, it would be more accurate to say, “None of what is would exist without the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the Father.” It is the fruit of a vortex. The Father, who is good, created us and we know what happened at creation: the rebellion of Lucifer, the rebellion of many people and the division of the Universe, as we have been told. From there, the battle began, of which the Holy Spirit speaks in yesterday’s message. It is a battle between the mind of God and the mind of Lucifer; between the Father who, through all times, has been leading us back to Him, and Lucifer, who instead is drawing us to his way of thinking.
Here the division is subtle. I seems to me, that there is a risk, for us Christians, of taking the Father – as I have said many times – and thus also Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and transferring Him to the events of the Earth, whereas the whole path must go towards the new creation. In the Universe, everything is in motion, even Paradise is in motion; all are waiting for the new creation. We often think that we will go to Heaven to rest, whereas all Saints and Angels are battling together with us. The battle is not over; the battle will only end with the final judgment, when Lucifer and his fellows will be locked in forever.
Even the Angels, who are pure spirits, are in battle. From the book “Beyond the Great Barrier”16 we know that each Archangel is engaged in fighting against Lucifer’s action to oppose the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Why am I saying this? Because sometimes we believe that being immersed in the Holy Spirit means having peace and clarity about all things and knowing what to do. That is not true. Being immersed in the Holy Spirit, or trying to be immersed in the laws of the pure Spirit, immerses us directly in the movement of the Church of Jesus Christ, which goes towards the new creation and helps us to understand which steps to take every day, not those of next year. Also, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not charismas or spiritual gifts, as is often believed. If you look at each gift separately, you will notice that they give the ability to understand God’s thoughts, to understand God. This is not a question of charismas and miracles. Spiritual gifts and miracles are a confirmation that Jesus gives to the Church that is moving forward on her path. This is well described in the Acts of the Apostles: Jesus confirmed the Church by miracles.
We know that if we say “Yes” to the Father at conception, He gives us the Son. With the Son, we receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who gives us the ability to walk our personal path towards the new creation, to walk the path in communion with all those who have chosen Jesus at the time of conception. However, we cannot walk this path without the Holy Spirit. We know why we are on Earth, and we know what the planets of the Low Universe are like. Thus, even more evident becomes the gift of the good Father, who gives us the Son, and through the redemption worked by His Son, He gives us the possibility to become again children of God and to live again in communion with the Holy Spirit.
That is why we heard yesterday that the Spirit was not given before Jesus was glorified.17 Jesus nailed all our weaknesses and sins on the Cross, everything that prevents us from seeing and accepting the Holy Spirit and from understanding God’s thoughts. Therefore, when we accept Jesus, we also accept the gift of the Holy Spirit, which inserts us into this movement, which inserts us back into this Church, His Church, which is going towards the new creation.
If we look at all things according to an earthly level, limiting them, establishing institutions and hierarchies, determining who has received which gift, shows that we have not understood the Holy Spirit. Let us enter into the laws of the Spirit, as St. Paul says today: “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”18 This should be the task of every Christian, member of the Church of Jesus Christ, whereby we allow the Holy Spirit to take us forward, to explain and open our path and to enlighten us. This is Jesus’ gift, His first gift, which enables us to walk towards the new creation.
Yesterday the Holy Spirit told us that we have “reached this stage” because time is passing quickly, and we are approaching the time when we enter the new creation. If we do not live our lives with faith in eternal life and in entering finally the new creation, where there is no envy, no pride, no jealousy, no pain, no tears, where true justice prevails, not that of the Earth, we carry on living according to the world. If we do not live by this faith, although we profess to believe in God, we keep trying to solve problems according to the spirit of the Earth, and we are guided by a mixture of impulses, coming from our mind and from the world, which lead us to compromise.
On the other hand, we as a church, as representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ, even though we are not many, we must allow Jesus to make us live according to the laws of the Spirit. However, that does not mean to be at peace, building castles in the air, but to be obedient to the Father. If you look at the Archangels, pure spirits, you may think that they are at peace, and yet they are before the throne of God. When they receive an order, they set off immediately. They are constantly at war. St. Michael is depicted with a sword! The faithful brothers and sisters do the same: if an Archangel comes to give them an order, they promptly set off to fulfil it. This is the attitude we must take and in which we must remain. The cosmic Pentecost we are talking about is exactly this: following these impulses, these orders that come from within.
In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul explains very well, today, what it means to live according to the spirit or according to the flesh. I think I can say without being wrong that when Paul describes the works of the flesh – I will not read them out now, but I invite you to do so – he describes the Earth, the Christians, as divided into parties, torn by envy and disagreements. St. Paul says: “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
I am not saying this but St. Paul. First, he describes the Christians, and then He says that they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Why am I quoting this? Not to frighten so you that you say, “We will not be able to do this”. I could also repeat the words of St. Paul, where he says: “I am an unhappy man.”19 Yet, in another passage he is in the Holy Spirit and rejoices: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”20 “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses.”21
I am saying this because, as the Church of Jesus Christ, we have the joy, not the duty, the joy of living the laws of the Spirit. We have the joy of being called to live in these times, to discover more about the goodness of the Father and to know that time is running out. We can also rejoice in knowing that everything on Earth will come to an end, and that, thank God, we are dying to ourselves. Hallelujah! Because death is also a gift, since we can only let go of certain things through death. We have the joy of knowing that the Father has planned everything, sent everything, calculated and given us everything: we lack nothing. Now we even have the living presence of Jesus and Mary the Co-Redemptrix.
So what do we have to do? We have to believe in this, but not to use it according to earthly needs. We must believe and then live and contemplate what God has prepared for us. We must be involved in the things of God, not the things of the Earth. I know what I am saying is understood, but these things make the difference between the children of God and the children of this world. Saying, “I believe”, or praying does not make the difference, but having that kind of faith and letting God have a free hand makes a difference. The first step of each day will be to take up our cross and die to ourselves, with the joy of knowing that in that death we rise again, not with the sadness of having to die and leave everything. The joy lies in being able to change, by grace and by the gift of the Holy Spirit, and become new creatures. This is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This is what begins at Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost once used to last until the Feast of the Trinity, precisely because the mystery of the Trinity – and the mystery of the Holy Spirit too – must be deepened and understood without rational explanations. Living like this will ensure that our life is a gift for others, even material and concrete. If we do not start from there, we will be a humanitarian work and nothing more; although good and beautiful, it has an end and does not prepare us for the new creation.
Therefore, as Jesus said: “The poor you will always have with you … but you will not always have me.”22 We may satisfy the hunger of the whole world, but if we have not given them the Spirit of God, I assure you, when they die, they will reproach us. When they die, they will meet the truth and ask us, “Why did you not tell us this truth? Instead of giving us just bread, why did you not give us bread and the Word of God?”
Let us try to be Church, immersed in the law of the Spirit.
2 See John 16,13
3 See John 16,13-15
4 See John 5,19
5 See Footnote 2
6 See John 17,1-26
7 See Acts 19,1-8
8 See John 7,37-39
9 See Luke 1,46-55
10 See Luke 1,41-43
11 See Acts 2,1-11
12 See Col 3,1
13 See John 20,22
15 See John 1,3
17 See Footnote 8
18 See Gal 5,16-25
19 See Rom 7,21-24
20 See Phil 4,13
21 See 2 Cor 12,8-9
22 See Mk 17,6-7