How powerful can one become with meditation

Strong and powerful - gentle and kind

Lukas likes it loud and powerful. In the evangelist's report about the birth of the Son of God Jesus in the solitude of the stable near Bethlehem, the contemplative silence that surrounds the holy family does not stop there. Suddenly there is “an angel of the Lord” with the shepherds in the field, surrounded by a “great heavenly army”. This excites the shepherds. The heavenly choir starts the mighty hymn of praise: "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to the people of his good pleasure." (Lk 2,14) An optical and acoustic bang marks the beginning of a new time.

Pentecost, the birth festival of the church, is set in scene in a similar way by Luke in his book of Acts. Loud and conspicuous: “When the day of Pentecost came, everyone was together in the same place. Suddenly there was a roar from heaven, as if a violent storm was driving by, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And tongues of fire appeared to them, and they were dispersed; one perched on each of them. And all were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages ​​as the Spirit told them to do. […] When the din rose, the crowd gathered and was utterly dismayed; for everyone heard her speak in his own language. They were stunned with astonishment […]. ”(Acts 2, 1-7) The volume and the mood must have reached a level that is sometimes the case with exuberant celebrations. This is how some spectators feel: "They are drunk with the sweet wine." (V 13)

Loud and conspicuous - this is not for everyone. Above all in the context of religion and the church, this can quickly appear overbearing and presumptuous. Triumphalistic. Anyone who sees the Holy Spirit as a gentle power inherent in man will find what they are looking for in the Evangelist John. He places the spiritual broadcast in the context of the resurrection of Jesus. It is the evening of Easter day. The women’s talk about the empty grave unsettled the disciples. They are gathered together and keep the doors closed for fear of the people. And then: Jesus “came into their midst and said to them: Peace be with you!” (Jn 20:19)

There is a somewhat formal handover of office: “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Do the disciples suspect what is in store for them? What a claim! What trust! “After he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit!” (V 22) With this “breathing in” of the Spirit, John draws a great bow to the motive with which he began his Gospel : "In the beginning was ..." Here: the beginning of the existence of man - the breathing of the divine spirit. “Then the Lord GOD formed the dust from the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. In this way man became a living being. ”(Gen 2,7) Later the apostle Paul will speak of the“ new creation ”:“ If someone is in Christ, then he is a new creation: the old has passed, see "New things have come about." (2 Cor. 5:17)

What begins with John in a small circle, to a certain extent in the internal area of ​​the young church, should of course also have its effect in the world. The Church of the Acts of the Apostles of Luke and the Church of John the Evangelist will meet in the world of their time. They meet in the world of all time. And the mind will appear depending on - strong and powerful or gentle and kind.

Lutz R. Nehk


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May 31, 2020 | Photo: © Nehk 2020 / Music: private