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Tag Archive for ‘Holy Spirit’

Saturday 2 February

The Presentation of the Lord Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 or Luke 2:22-32 It is the Lord! Simeon and Anna, open to and guided by the Holy Spirit, recognised the baby Jesus as their Lord, and as a ‘light to enlighten’ the world. This child was the one who would ‘suddenly enter […]

Saturday 29 December

1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 95 (96):1-3, 5-6; Luke 2:22-35 To recognise Jesus When Hannah brought Samuel to the sanctuary of the temple to present him to God, she was greeted by the aged Eli. So, too, when his faithful Jewish parents present Jesus there, they are greeted by the aged Simeon and Anna. Guided by […]

On Confirmation

On Confirmation A summary of the General Audience May 23 Jesus entrusted a great mission to His disciples: “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world” (Cf. Matthew 5:13-16). They are images that make us think of our behaviour, because the lack or excess of salt makes food unpleasant, […]

The Holy Spirit

Lord, Holy Spirit, You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks, Inside and outside the fences, You blow where you wish to blow. That is the first stanza of James K Baxter’s Song to the Holy Spirit which came to my mind when Fr Kevin Head asked for a guest editorial “on the topic […]

Monday 14 May

ST MATTHIAS, apostle Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Psalm 113; John 15:9-17 I chose you Jesus reminds disciples that it was he who chose them, not they who chose him. The reading from Acts shows how the Holy Spirit guided the apostles in their choice of who was to replace Judas as one of the twelve. Replacements and […]

Wednesday 9 May

Acts 17:15,22-18:1; Psalm 148; John 16:12-15 The complete truth During the time of Jesus’ teaching, even right up to the resurrection, some of the disciples were still anticipating an earthly kingdom to be restored. Jesus knew they were not ready to understand all he had to say to them but promised that the Holy Spirit […]

Monday 7 May

Acts 16:11-15; Psalm 149; John 15:26-16:4 You will be witnesses Jesus warns his disciples that troubles will come when they go out to witness. But he also reassures them that the Holy Spirit will come to them – the Spirit of truth. It’s easy to agree to anything when it’s in the distance but harder […]

Saturday 5 May

Acts 16:1-10; Psalm 100; John 15:18-21 Guided by the Spirit Paul and his fellow-preachers were directed by the Holy Spirit in where to go and how long to stay – even when (as Jesus had predicted) they would sometimes be hated and persecuted for their preaching in Jesus’ name. We do not know in what […]

Friday 4 May

Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57; John 15:12-17 Decided by the Holy Spirit As the newly-formed Christian church spread around the known world, it was faced with challenges of inculturation – as it is still today. Preachers and evangelisers need to know what is ‘core faith’ and what is cultural or social tradition. What local traditions can […]

A Case of Spirit!

Have you ever wondered why certain alcoholic drinks are called ‘spirits’? A note in Wikipedia enlightens us on this question thus: The term ‘spirit’ in reference to alcohol stems from Middle Eastern alchemy. These alchemists were concerned with medical elixirs. The vapour given off and collected during an alchemical process, as with distillation of alcohol, […]