Thursday, January 10, 2013

In The Power of the Spirit

"Jesus returned to Galillee in the power of the spirit..." These words that begin the 14th verse of Chapter 4 in Luke's Gospel, to me, are quite compelling. In fact, this entire passage is one I find to be one of the most powerful in the Gospels.
In a homily given by one of my parish priests, Father went on to tell us that it wasn't or isn't just Jesus that lives in the power of the Spirit, but that we each do. This same Holy Spirit was given to us at our Baptism and at Confirmation. This Holy Spirit manifests itself in us, in our daily lives, and goes out to touch those we encounter each day if we cooperate with the power from the Spirit.
Father gave the example of a sort of homework assignment he had given to someone he was ministering to. He told the person to buy a single rose on his way home. The person went and did what Father asked him to do, but the florist would not sell him a single rose. So he went off to the supermarket and found that for less money than he would have spent at the florist, he could buy a dozen roses. This person kept one and gave the rest away. Father told us that he really did not know where the idea of telling this person to buy the rose came from, and that this person wasn't really sure why he was buying the dozen roses. This, Father said was evidence of the Spirit at work in both their lives~not to mention the eleven people who received a rose.
Jesus lived the power of the Spirit every day of His life; it was part of His Divine Nature after all, but we have been blessed with this same gift. We are not divine by nature, so it takes some extra attention to the Spirit's promptings on our part, but it is possible.
So where is the Holy Spirit leading you today? How is He working in your every day life?
Remember, the Spirit is upon all of us~let's cooperate!

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Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.