5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to Godʼs law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

“I was meeting in our mother-house in Sparkhill, New York, when the heavy doors suddenly swung open—but no one was there. Someone quickly added, ‘It must be the Holy Spirit arriving for our deliberations.’ Of course, there was no mystery to be solved. This meeting room is one that has automated doors so that our wheelchair-bound sisters may have easy access. This particular door, however, must be especially sensitive to movement from a nearby elevator because it often opens when no one is actually approaching the room. But the remark about the Holy Spirit did cause me to think…What if we actually experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit in such physically sensible ways? Would we act any differently? Would we listen more attentively, consider more deeply, think and dream more expansively, act more courageously? The Holy Spirit is always at our door, ready to guide us—if we only open ourselves! Perhaps I need to spend more time this month recharging the sensors of the doors to my heart so that they will open automatically when God’s Spirit is near.”

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