If the annointing of Christ was for us, why doesn't it come to the Church immediately? Why is there a long interval between the time Jesus receive the Spirit at the Jordan and the time when, at Easter and Pentecost, He gave it to His disciples?
The Spirit, as St. Irenaeus said, needed to become accustomed to dwelling among men. He needed first to find a place in which He could dwell. The Spirit was completely present in the purest humanity of Christ, like a perfume in an alabaster vase, but He could not be poured out until Christ had been "glorified" (John 7:39). In His passion the alabaster vase was broken - that is Jesus' humanity was broken - and the perfume filled the whole house, the Church . He "gave up his spirit" (John 19:30), and His last breath became the first breath of the Church. The very evening of Easter Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22).
April 04, 2010
...from Fr. Cantalamessa's "The Sober Intoxication of the Spirit," appropriate for this special day: