I still vividly remember when we, the members of the Holy Redeemer Charismatic Group, were meeting at the other room with merely 4-5 people. We stayed close through thick and thin and held each other in between. Our prayer stayed with me for a long time and invited me deeply to think what more could we do to increase the numbers. St. Paul’s enormously powerful words to the People of Corinth are clear reminders that we’re called to be holy, to be different from what others think, say, and do. We’ve endowed with the spiritual gifts necessary to sanctify others. We’ve been enriched in every way to lift others’ unbearable burdens, heal the broken hearted, be a sign of contradiction to our friends, co-workers and families, be concerned about things that last, to be the other-wordly, and what could these words possibly mean to you and me?
Primarily, to be holy means to be different. It denotes changing our old ungodly ways and turning away from sinful lives and being faithful to the mandate of the Gospel. It designates being clothed with the virtues of forgiveness, unity, love, generosity, gentleness and peace and not necessarily gap, nine west, ralph lauren, etc.
Similarly, Charismatic group should help us change, be transformed, and be converted, otherwise, it won’t make a lot of sense if our weekly meetings are purely a social thing, sort of giving an update of one’s life, though that’s part of it. Amen.