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The Breath Of Life

Then He breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'
John 20:19-23

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Pentecost Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:22


We need no Gallup poll to tell us of the alarming turn toward drugs as a solution to human problems. For millions of persons, drug consumption has become a mechanical, day-to-day routine. There are pills to make us eat, pills to keep us from eating, pills to slow us down, pills to pick us up, pills to put us to sleep, alcohol to lessen our inhibition, alcohol to drown our sorrows. To forget cares and troubles, anxiety and loneliness, depression and alienation, masses of people have resorted to pill-popping, elbow-bending and main-lining.

Of all the complicated reasons behind drug-dependence, monotony and boredom seem to rank foremost. For so many, it seems, life has reached a point of utter drabness and tediousness. Little sets off one day from another, one month from another, one year from another. Family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances become insufferable, indistinguishable bores. One's own self is a bore. Life is a bore. Whether alone or with others, the zest for life is gone. And drugs become the hope for a quick change in mood, or state of mind-for new inspiration.

Those who rely upon such means for new inspiration tend to overlook two closely related truths. First, there are no short-cuts, no easy roads to inspiration. Most time-honored, "inspired" works of art-literature, music and paintings-did not just "happen" as the result of some frenzied experience. An inspired performance rarely pops out of the blue-or from some "mind-blowing 'high.'" Inspiration comes to those who have prepared to receive it. Gary Palmer, the famous golfer, was once confronted with an unusually difficult recovery shot. After studying the situation with care, he addressed the ball confidently and, to everyone's amazement, it hit the green and rolled straight into the cup. As the golfer walked past the cheering gallery, someone shouted, "That was a lucky shot." Hearing this, Palmer turned to his caddy and said, "You know, it's amazing! The more I practice the luckier I get."

The second mistaken notion about finding inspiration in drugs is that it originates from within. It is the misguided belief that it's "all inside me; [...]

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