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Spiritual Longevity

**Receive the Holy Spirit** (John 20:21).
Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1,24,29-31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Pentecost Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:21

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Not too long ago, a "stand-up" comic, One famous for his delivery of "one-liner" jokes, celebrated his ninety-first birthday at a party attended by a host of relatives, friends and Media persons. During an interview at the party, the first question asked was "To what do you attribute your longevity?" Without missing a beat, the comic replied, "Breathing!"

No argument there: no breath, no life; no breath, physical death!

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus answers the question of how we achieve spiritual longevity, so to speak. It is the first Easter Sunday and the Risen Lord appears to His disciples, saying, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me, I am sending you." Then, John tells us, "He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn. 20:21,22).

Jesus, the Bread of Life ... Jesus, the Breath of life. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit of God into our souls in order to sustain us spiritually. No argument there, either.

It is clear from the life and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, as well as from the life of the Christian Community from the very beginning, that our relationship with God is the most important thing in our lives. And the gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to know God as a Living Presence in our lives. But unless and until we are experiencing the very breath of God -- the Love of God -- welling up within us, we are spiritually dead.

If you should ever want to calculate how many ancestors you have had, say, in the past five hundred years, start off with your two parents. Each of them had two parents, so multiply two times two. And each of them had two parents, so multiply that number times two. Then continue: two times two times two times two twenty-one times. That's twenty-one generations, and that takes you back five hundred to six hundred years. Your final calculation will tell you that over two million ancestors have been swimming in your gene pool. Each one of us has had millions of unknown characters dancing in our DNA, waltzing [...]

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