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The living Spirit
The chaos of human sin and disorder and the wind of the Spirit blowing over it, and the embodied love of God going down into the waters and being drawn out again in a blaze of light and a word from heaven, “This is my Son!” The baptised community lives in that mystery, drawn out of chaos, breathing in the wind of the Spirit and hearing from God the words that he speaks to his only son: “You can call me father.”
Mercy must be understood as God’s own justice and as his holiness. Only in this sense can we make the image of the good and merciful father, whom Jesus proclaimed to us, shine again. We could also say: it is necessary to draw a picture of a sympathetic God.
The sparkle of the Mediterranean, the grandeur of the North African desert, the lushness of Asia’s forestation, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the horizon upon which the sun rose and set and the majestic splendour of Australia’s natural beauty … these all evoke a profound sense of awe.
The work of evangelisation presupposes in the evangeliser an ever increasing love for those whom he is evangelising. That model evangeliser, the Apostle Paul, wrote these words to the Thessalonians, and they are a programme for us all: “With such yearning love we chose to impart to you not only the Gospel of God but our very selves, so dear had you become to us.”