Breathing is necessary for living. Without air and the ability to breathe, we would die. It is no wonder then that Jesus breathed on the disciples and gave them the Holy Spirit. As our physical breath is essential to physically live, the Holy Spirit is essential to personally and socially live. Jesus shows his friends that God is within them, sustaining them with his gifts and providing them with the fullness of life and love. We take God’s role in our lives for granted and we give ourselves more credit than we ought. Much of what we treasure and accomplish every day is due to God’s inner presence moving and acting within us calling us to new life.