May 10, 2015

Companions on the Journey
With the Holy Spirit

EASTER SEASON: WEEK V

The Holy Spirit Our Companion on the Journey

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. The Holy Spirit gifts, guides and invites us to live our mission to do Christ’s work our Opus Christiservice to our brothers and sisters on every step. We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other.

The Risen Christ commissioned the disciples and therefore us to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News! Part of the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within and among us. We are given all that we need to live our mission to love, work for justice and the flourishing of all people.

As we journey through the Easter Season to Pentecost the same Holy Spirit that propelled the disciples to live as Superheroes for Christ animates us through Baptism, Confirmation and with spiritual gifts. The power of the Holy Spirit that thrives in us is from God and for others.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
LifeTeen.com (freely adapted)

  • Wisdom enables us to discern and relish God’s presence in all things and to trust in Providence.
  • Understanding is seeing and feeling with the heart, God’s truth, beauty and goodness in ourselves, others and in our world.
  • Right Counsel helps us to sift and sort in prayer what cannot be changed and needs to be accepted and what can be changed and needs to be accomplished.
  • Fortitude emboldens us to dream of what is possible and to freely take risks to make that vision a reality.
  • Knowledge focuses our priorities and shifts our perspective to think, feel and act with faith, hope and love.
  • Piety (Reverence) is gratefully experiencing God in mind, heart and will in creation, ourselves and others and living ‘as Christ’ for others.
  • ‘Fear of the Lord’ meaning “WOW!” Awe, Wonder, Amazement Our sin, weakness and every difficulty is God’s opportunity to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives –WOW!

WEEK V Reflection – Knowledge and Fortitude

One night a mom past her daughter’s room and overheard her singing the alphabet song softly to herself. “What are you doing?” she asked. “I’m praying,” the girl explained. “I can’t think of the right words to say tonight, so I’m just singing the letters. God will put them together for me because He already knows what I’m thinking, how I feel and what I really need.”

Knowledge, a gift of the Holy Spirit, affirms that God knows us better than we know ourselves. God is our loving companion whose Providence helps us to shift our perspective from fear to trust. The little girl in the story trusted that God would take her effort at prayer and give her all that she needed which is the spiritual gift of Fortitude. We pray not to change God but to gain knowledge about ourselves, our needs and the needs of others. God takes our efforts in prayer, however limited, and gifts us bountifully in return with more than we could hope for or imagine.

Our popular expression, “Knowledge is power” is also true in a spiritual sense. The gift of Knowledge of God’s desire to give us the gift of Fortitude (all that is needed) opens us to God’s power at work in our daily lives.

Scripture Reflection

  • In the Acts of the Apostles the Holy Spirit, “fell upon all who were listening to the Word.” God showers us all with gifts. Our grateful response is to use those gifts.
  • St. John reminds us that our mission is to love one another because God has first loved us. Knowledge of God’s love changes everything because we can trust God.
  • In John’s Gospel Jesus calls us friends and tells us that we have been chosen by God and gifted by God to live the life we are given. We have been gifted with the knowledge of God’s presence and are given all of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to live our lives with love.

Reflection and Activity

The only way to use Knowledge and Fortitude is through personal prayer. Schedule ten minutes to pray and sit or lie down quietly. Pray: “You, God, already know what I’m thinking, how I feel and what I really need, I trust in you.”

If words are a problem just be with God or even sing the alphabet song a few times through as a prayer. Let God put the letters together for you. What will make a difference is spending time aware of God with you as a Companion on your Journey.

After ask: What was this experience like for me? What did I learn about myself? What was my experience of God?
What one action may God be motivating me, through prayer, to take for the good of another?

Celebrating Pentecost 2015: May 24th

Multi-language Liturgy

Acts of the Apostles (2:4) reports that on the feast of Pentecost all were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The multiple languages at Pentecost demonstrate God’s desire to be in relation with all people. God speaks to each heart in a unique way. Our celebration of Pentecost will be a multi-language liturgy serving as a symbol of God’s ongoing action to renew the face of the earth.

Volunteers are being sought to proclaim the Scripture readings and general intercessions in their native language. Please contact Fr. Jared for more information and to volunteer.

Festive Clothing

On the first Pentecost the Spirit hovered over the disciples like tongues of fire. The manifestation of God’s power symbolizes the fire of love that compels the followers of Jesus through spirituality, service and social ministry. Therefore, parishioners are invited to wear flame colors of red, yellow or orange. Our multi-colored glow will be a communal affirmation of our commitment to rekindle the fire of God’s love and to live our mission working for peace and justice with zeal.

Flag Bearers Needed

Our Pentecost Eucharist procession is led by our flag bearers. We are in need of six volunteers for each Mass on Pentecost weekend as carriers. The flags are more cumbersome than heavy; however moderate upper body strength is a requirement. A sign-up sheet for each Mass time can be found in the Sacristy.

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