REMEMBER JOHN 16: 4-7 AT PAGE 1218 THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BEGIN AFTER THE ASCENSION NEVERTHELESS I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, IT IS YOUR ADVANTAGE THAT I GO AWAY, FOR IF I DO NOT GO AWAY, THE ADVOCATE WILL NOT COME TO YOU, BUT IF I GO, I WILL SENT HIM TO YOU. WHAT JESUS IS BASICALLY SAYING IS THAT THE MISSION WILL CONTINUE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER HIS ASCENSION.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14: 16-18)
The promise and the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the Disciples. The mission of the Holy Spirit GUIDE YOU TO ALL TRUTH –
1 John 1 :8 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
THIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT COMMISSIONING OF THE DISCIPLES HE COMMISSIONED THEM FOR A MISSION
TO BE HIS WITNESSES TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
"Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's lead." —Galatians 5:25
DON’T BE CONFUSED THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME ONLY AT PENTECOST
GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – BREATHE ON THEM GENESIS- 2:7 – HE BREATHE INTO HIS NOSTRIL THE BREATH OF LIFE WHEN JESUS BREATHE ON THEM IN JOHN 20:22 – HE WAS GIVING THEM THE BREATH OF NEW LIFE NEW LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit dwells in you, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit – John 14:17 , Romans 8:11, Eph 2:21-22, 1 Cor 3:16
Lets look at our Nicene Creed -
“ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore a Child to be born will be Holy; He will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35 ).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, ( Gen 2: 7) (John 20:21,22) “ … while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters..” - Gen 1:2 “ Jesus said to them again “Peace be with you” As the Father sent me, so I send you, When He said this, He breathe on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” John 20:21-22
Lets see how the Holy Spirit was involved in Jesus and His Mission on earth !
MARY IS THE FIRST CHARISMATIC
Genesis 1:2 – While a wind from God. Swept over the face of the earth. The wind blows where it will. You hear the sound it makes but you do not know where it comes from, or where it goes. So it is with everyone begotten of the Spirit." —John 3:8 “‘ As the Father has sent me, so I send you’. When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them: ‘ RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT’.” (John 20:22
Religious, Saints, Facilitators
HOW DOES HE BUILD AND ANIMATES AND SANCTIFIES THE CHURCH? WITH HIS GIFTS - GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS OF THE GIFT BECAUSE THEY ARE GIFTS- NEVER WORTHY
The term has, however, a narrower meaning: the spiritual graces and qualifications granted to every Christian to perform his task in the Church: "Every one hath his proper gift [charisma] from God; one after this manner, and another after that" (1 Corinthians 7:7 etc.). Lastly, in its narrowest sense, charisma is the theological term for denoting extraordinary graces given to individual Christians for the good of others The spiritual gifts or charisms of the Holy Ghost are of two kinds: 1- The first, are specially intended for the sanctification of the person who receives them: The seven gifts of Is1:2-3: Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety (godliness), and fear of the Lord. 2- The second, more properly called charismata or charisms, are extraordinary gifts granted for the help of another, for service to the Church, except the "gift of tongues" which is "to strengthen oneself" (1Cor.14:4). Some of these, are enumerated by St. Paul in 1Cor.12. They are 9: "The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the grace of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues" (I Cor.12:4-10).
THESE ARE THE GIFTS WE SHOULD BE STRIVING AND YEARNING FOR. THERE ARE THE GIFTS THAT WILL SANCTIFY AND MAKE US HOLY.
HOW I KNOW? NG AH OHH
"Always be ready to make your defence to anyone, who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence” (1Peter3:15)
PENTECOST MEANS 50 DAYS – HERE 50 DAYS AFTER THE RESURRECTION Jesus ascended into Heaven after 40 days His ascension was witnessed by 500 people. The Apostles returned to the City of Jerusalem and went up to the room where they were staying and gathered to pray with Mary
The Disciples were frighten and gathered behind closed doors and hid from the Romans The sensed emptiness, abandonment and being forsaken and perhaps betrayed by their own “Master” For 40 days after Jesus Christ Resurrection he appeared in many ways to His disciples (John 20:19, John 21:19) They were still apprehensive and afraid but Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit
AFTER PENTECOST – PROCLAIM BOLDLY BREKAING OF BREAD; FROM FISHERMEN TO APOSTLES FROM COWARDS TO MARTYRS AND NOW IN OUR PRESENT TIME? CHARISMATIC
RENEWAL IS NOT JUST THE HEART BUT THE MIND AS WELL. OUR MINDS ARE CORRUPTED WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE WORLD; -
ENABLE THE ENABLER; WHEN YOU ARE UNABLE -GOD IS ABLE; WHEN YOU ARE ABLE -YOU DISABLE THE ENABLER; BE ABLE TO ENABLE THE ENABLER; DON’T DISABLE THE HOLY SPIRIT DON’T WAIT TILL YOU ARE DISABLED SPIRITUALLY !
The Acts of the Apostles continues down to our own day. God wants to write new chapters, with each of us — and that includes you — playing an important role. The wind is still blowing. The fire of the Holy Spirit still burns. Each of us, however, needs to let the Holy Spirit in to do his work. Each of us has to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about a similar miracle in us.
GROW IN THE SPIRIT – “ Do not neglect the gift that is in you” 1 Timothy 4:14-15 NOT FOR SELF GLORIFICATION
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“ ..the earth was a formless void and “ darkness covered the face of the deep, darkness covered the face of the deep,while the “Ruach”offrom God swept over while the “wind” swept sweptthe face of while the Spirit God over over the the face of the waters.”(Genesis 1:2) face of waters.” (Genesis 1:2) 1:2) the the waters.” (Genesis
“ ..for in Him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible…..” (Colossians 1:16)
“ All things came into being through Him..” (John 1:3)
“And He said to them, “Gointo the all the world andproclaim the good news tothe whole creation” Mark 16:15“And see I am sending uponyou what my Fatherpromised; so stay here inthe city until you have beenclothed with power fromHigh”. Luke 24:29 7
Go therefore and makedisciples of all nations,baptising them in the nameof the Father and of the Sonand of the Holy Spirit, andteaching them to obeyeverything that I havecommanded you. Andremember, I am with youalways, to the end of theage. Matt 28:19-20 14
THE HOLY SPIRIT OUR ENABLER“ … The Holy Spirit, who sanctifies the people of God through the ministry and sacraments gives to the faithful special gifts as well ( 1 Cor 12:7) allotting to everyone according to His will (1 Cor 12:11). Thus may the individual, according to the gift each has received, administered it to one another and become good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1Peter 4:10) and build up thereby the whole body in charity ( Eph 4:16)(Documents of vatican II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Chapter 1. para 3) 17
"I am with you always, till the end of age" Matt 28:20" The Holy Spirit dwells in you, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit” 20 John 14:17 , Romans 8:11, Eph 2:21-22, 1 Cor 3:16
Who is this Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.Though really distinct, as a Person , from the Father and the Son, He is consubstantial with Them; being God like Them, He possesses with Them one and the same Divine Essence or Nature.
Nicene CreedI believe in one God, the Father almighty,maker of heaven and earth,of all things visible and invisible.I believe in one Lord Jesus Christthe Only Begotten Son of God,born of the Father before all ages,God from God, Light from Light,true God from true God, begotten not made,consubstantial with the Father;through him all things were made.For us men and for our salvationhe came down from heaven,
Nicene Creedand by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of theVirgin Mary, and became man.For our sake he was crucified under PontiusPilate, he suffered death and was buried,and rose again on the third day,in accordance with the Scriptures.He ascended into heavenand is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again in gloryto judge the living and the deadand his kingdom will have no end.
Nicene CreedI believe in the Holy Spirit,the Lord, the giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and the Son,who with the Father and the Son is adoredand glorified,who has spoken through the prophets.I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolicChurch.I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness ofsins and I look forward to the resurrection ofthe dead and the life of the world to come.Amen
Proceed from the Father and Son"When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.For he will not speak on His own; but will speak what ever he hears, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.He will glorify me; because he will take what is mine, and declare it to you.All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that will take what is mine, and declare it to you." John 16:13-15
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BRIEF (C.C.C.)742 -"Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of hisSon into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father!" (Gal 4:6).743 -From the beginning to the end of time, whenever Godsends his Son, he always sends his Spirit: their mission isconjoined and inseparable.744 -In the fullness of time the Holy Spirit completes in Maryall the preparations for Christs coming among the Peopleof God. By the action of the Holy Spirit in her, the Fathergives the world Emmanuel "God-with-us" (Mt 1:23).
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BRIEF (C.C.C.)745- The Son of God was consecrated as Christ (Messiah)by the anointing of the Holy Spirit at his Incarnation (cf. Ps2:6-7).746 -By his Death and his Resurrection, Jesus isconstituted in glory as Lord and Christ (cf. Acts 2:36). Fromhis fullness, he poured out the Holy Spirit on the apostlesand the Church.747- The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on hismembers, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church. Sheis the sacrament of the Holy Trinitys communion with men.
“ Jesus didnot call the equippedbut equips the call.”Marge Martinez
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BRIEF (C.C.C.)747- The Holy Spirit, whom Christ thehead pours out on his members,builds, animates, and sanctifies theChurch. She is the sacrament of theHoly Trinitys communion with men.
Sanctifying Gifts WISDOM UNDER FORTITUDE STANDING 7 GIFTS OF THE HOLYCOUNSEL SPIRIT KNOWLEDGE Isaiah 11:1-10 FEAR OF PIETY THE LORD 40
The 7 gifts as defined by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica• Wisdom - The gift of wisdom perfects a persons speculative reason in matters of judgment about the truth.• Understanding - The gift of understanding perfects a persons speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift "whereby self-evident principles are known.” 41
• Knowledge - The gift of knowledge perfects a persons practical reason in matters of judgment about the truth.• Counsel - Also called "Right Judgment." The gift of counsel perfects a persons practical reason in the apprehension of truth and allows the person to respond prudently, "moved through the research of reason." 42
• Fortitude - Also called "Courage." The gift of fortitude allows people the "firmness of mind [that] is required both in doing good and in enduring evil, especially with regard to good or evil that are difficult."• Piety - Also called "Reverence." Piety is the gift "whereby, at the Holy Spirits instigation,we pay worship and duty to God as our Father." 43
• Fear of the Lord - Also called "Wonder and Awe in God." This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a "filial fear," like a childs fear of offending his father, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a fear of punishment. 44
The apostles were in the room and “And suddenly from Heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire thehouse where they were sitting. Divided tongues as of fire, appeared among them and a tongue rested on each one ofthem. All of them were all filled with the Holy Spirit and beganto speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” 51 (Acts 2:2-4).
Morning of Pentecost• The crowd heard the apostles speaking in different tongues. (Acts 2:7-9).• The crowd thought the apostles were drunk “filled with new wine” (Acts 2:13)• Peter stood up before the crowd and proclaimed the Good News in a loud voice. (Acts 2:14).• Three thousand people were baptized that afternoon (Acts 2:41). 52
BEFORE AFTERIn hiding Out in the openAfraid CourageousAlone CommunityDivided UnitedIndividualistic Shared everythingDoubtful Confident 53
Helpless EmpoweredDumb-founded Sang in tonguesLooked down In favour with peopleDisillusioned Signs & wondersDispirited Gifts of the SpiritDiscouraged HopefulEmpty Filled with the Holy Spirit 54
God’s ultimate plan for us – that we may:...attain to the whole measure of thefullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13)"Our greatest wish and prayer is that you will become mature Christians." 2 Cor 13:9…press on to maturity (Heb 6:1) 64
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but mountains have not love, I am nothing 65 1 Corinthians 13:2
To share the Spirit with others, we should pray for the love of Christ to motivate us (2 Cor 5:14),"The Lord is the Spirit, andwhere the Spirit of the Lordis, there is freedom" (2 Cor 3:17). 66
The CharismaticGifts empowers the "Doing“ to build the ChurchThe SanctifyingGifts roots the "Being“ to bear fruits 67
“At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made orhow many great things we have done.We will be judged by ‘I was hungry andyou gave me to eat. I was naked and youclothed me. I was homeless and you tookme in.’” 69
“FOR WE ARE WHAT HEHAS MADE US, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS,WHICH GOD PREPAREDBEFOREHAND TO BE OUR WAY OF LIFE” EPHESIANS: 2:10 70
“ Charisms are therefore graces bestowed by the Holy Spirit on certain members of the faithful toprepare them to contributeto the common good of the Church.” Pope John Paul IIAddress to participants in theSecond International Conferenceof Ecclesial Movements, 2 March 1987, LOsservatore Romano 71English edition, 16 March 1987,
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"What am I bid, good folks?" he cried. "Wholl start the bidding for me? A dollar, a dollar – now two, only two - Two dollars,and wholl make it three?" "Three dollars once, three dollars twice, Going for three“ BUT NO! 74
From the room far back a gray-haired manCame forward and picked up the bow; Then wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening up all the strings,He played a melody pure and sweet, As sweet as an angel75 sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,With a voice that was quiet and low,Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"And he held it up with the bow. 76
"A thousand – and wholl make it two? Two thousand – and wholl make it three?Three thousand once and three thousand twice -And going and gone!" said he. 77
The people cheered,but some of them cried,"We do not quite understand.What changed its worth?"The man replied:THE TOUCH OFTHE MASTERS HAND 78