June 26, 2022
In this first reading we hear about the call of Elisha by Elijah.
God has told Elijah that he needs to appoint Elisha to continue his work of making God present in the world.
And Elisha does so with great success for about nearly 50 years.
Amazing how God always provides someone to make His word present in the world.
At our baptism we too were called by God to make his word and his presence in the world today.
Remember that at our Baptism we were told we are called by God to be prophet, priest, and king.. Prophet is to make God present in the world.
Paul wrote his letter to those Jews converted to Christianity. He told them that they no longer had to keep the practices of the Mosaic law.
As our baptism we were called to make God present in the world and to follow Him not the ways of this world.
We are called to have patience, sympathy, forgiveness, love, understanding, to all, even to the enemy which is often contrary to the practices of today’s world.
In this Gospel we once again hear that each of us has been called just like Elisha in the first reading,to make God present in the world.
We cannot be for the ways of the world , and the ways of Christ, which is love to all even, to the enemy
There may be times when we will fail, but God calls us again and again to make Him present in today’s world with His love and mercy.
God will never give up on us.
He will always give us His forgiveness and mercy.
He has a mission for each of us.
When we fail God always calls us to start again.. to recognize our failure, receive is mercy, and then to begin again.
My reflection will be on the Pentecost vigil readings.
I used these readings to help me understand a little,
as to how the Spirit works in my life.
June 9, 2019 Cycle C
The Spirit comes to each of us everyday
Will we Recognize the Sprint?
A breeze shaking the door
Listen it's a voice that is calling you
Calling you to travel afar..
Hymn from the Neocatechumenate
My Thoughts...Fr. Doug
Often My Door, my life is shaken
and after I complain
I begin that once again see that the Spirit is showing me more about my spiritual life.
Do I trust God in the events and people he allows in my life?
Or do I think there must be some mistake...Why me?
We can see that we don't trust God when the Cross, the difficulties appear in our lives.
This can be a gift!
Tower of Babel.
God confuses their language so that they will move away from making idols whether buildings, accomplishments, or even themselves. This great confusion and emptiness must have been a moment of openness to what come next and to the Holy Spirit. That certainly seems to be true for me as I look back of moments of confusion, doubt, and fear.
Arrival at Sinai.
God speaks to Moses in a way that must have been fearful for the people watching the event. Sometimes for me, I experience the Holy Spirit after fearful events in my life. Making the decision to leave my teaching job and deciding to go to the seminary to see if I had a vocation as a priest was terrifying for me. Yet that is where I experienced the Spirit.
Vision of the Dry Bones.
Imagine, walking among dead dry bones. This seems a bit spooky. I'm not sure that would be easy to do. Sometimes in my life, it has been in the spooky things, where I have met the Holy Spirit. Amazing that God can work this way at times.
THE DAY OF THE LORD
I think that for all of us, we turn to the Lord in the moments and events that disturb our, "same place, same time" comfort zone. When disasters happen whether global or to an individual, we seem to turn to the Lord. The best in most of us, seems to come out at those times. Again, the Holy Spirit
ALL CREATION IS GROANING
Again, it would seem that we are most open to the Spirit when things are not necessarily going as we wish.
This Pentecost gives me courage to know that at times, God does also work in ways that seem strange to me.
I pray that the Spirit will continue to come upon each of us with His gifts, so that we can all be open to the workings of God, whether familiar or unfamiliar.
Gospel John 7:37-39
Come Holy Spirit
Fill us with Your Light