St. Paul reiterated the intimate connection between the Holy Spirit and the Church. First, no one is able to declare that Jesus is Lord “except by the Holy Spirit.” And the Church, he further explained, is the body of Christ — and there is only “one body.” Secondly, there are many different forms of service and spiritual gifts in the Church, but there is only one Spirit, one Lord, one God. How does one enter into that body? Through baptism, for “whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons ... we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” This harkens back to what Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (Jn 3:5).
“God created the world,” the Catechism notes, “for the sake of communion with his divine life,” a communion brought about by the Church. The Holy Spirit opens the doors so we can go into the world with the Gospel, with courage, peace and joy.
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