April 13.   Portia shared in their faith sharing group, “Do you know that for us Africans the word “moya” is used in different ways.  It can mean wind, or spirit or the Holy Spirit.  But I don’t think that is what Jesus was saying to Nicodemus. He was talking about a natural phenomenon of wind, and St Francis too, speaks of the wind as an element of creation, but it seems that the word has many meanings in many different countries so that points to the need to be aware of culture and understanding of one another’s world view.  We have a lovely hymn  “Tsholela moya wa hao Jesu,” which means “Lord send us your Holy Spirit,” Let me teach those of you who don’t know it.”      

Jesus said to Nicodemus, ”You must be born anew.  The wind blows where it wills and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.   John 3:7-15. Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit can be said to possess an infinite creativity, proper to the divine mind, which knows how to loosen the knots of human affairs, including the most complex and inscrutable.  LS 80  Reflect, share, pray.   How well do we understand one another’s religious ways, even in the same Church?