June 3, 2017

Pentecost - A (June 4, 2017)



The Breath of God’s Life, the Breath of Forgiveness

“Jesus breathed on them.”

This is the only time this verb “to breathe” is used in the New Testament.

John seems to draw the parallel between this act of the Risen Lord with God’s action in Genesis 2:7.   “The LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” [1]

The Risen Christ, in giving the gift of the Holy Spirit, gives his followers new life, divine life.

And with this divine life comes both the power and the command to forgive. 

Forgiving is living the life of God.

[1] http://www.progressiveinvolvement.com

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