in the world to bring renewal and awakening. The expression, “We hear them in our own native language” is a sign that the Good News proclaimed will bring the divided people into one family, the family of God. Gift of tongue is one of the manifestations of the Spirit. With the reception of this gift, one is able to praise and glorify God with words which they themselves do not understand. Those who become instruments of God in this manner experience deep joy for the fact of becoming an instrument in the hands of God. In the second reading, Paul is very emphatic in saying that the gifts have value only in so far as they are used for the good of all. Paul also wants to clarify that no one should claim to possess superior gifts as all gifts have the same source and are to be valued.
Docility to the spirit
Our reflection on the Holy Spirit should lead us, first of all, to recognize the presence and role of the Spirit in us, in the Church and in the history of salvation. Secondly, we must listen to the promptings of the Spirit. It is also necessary to discern the Spirit in prayer, meditation and in listening to the teaching of the Church. Finally, it is also imperative that we become docile to the actions of the Spirit so that we become efficient instruments in the hands of God for the renewal of self and of the world.