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
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 ! John 16:5-11 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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
Religious, Saints, Facilitators
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
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.“ John 3:4 "How can someone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!"
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 !
1 Samuel 3:7-11 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
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
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -SFX-PJ RCIA-2013-14
“ ..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
God over over the
while the Spirit
the face of the waters.”(Genesis 1:2)
face of waters.” (Genesis 1:2) 1:2)
the the waters.”
“ ..for in Him all things in heaven and on
earth were created, things visible and
“ All things came into being through Him..”
“And He said to them, “Go
into the all the world and
proclaim the good news to
the whole creation”
“And see I am sending upon
you what my Father
promised; so stay here in
the city until you have been
clothed with power from
High”. Luke 24:29
Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name
of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey
everything that I have
commanded you. And
remember, I am with you
always, to the end of the
age. Matt 28:19-20
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)
"I am with you always, till the end of age"
" The Holy Spirit dwells in you, you are the temple of the
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.
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ
the 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 salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the
Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius
Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day,
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I 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 adored
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of
sins and I look forward to the resurrection of
the dead and the life of the world to come.
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
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
742 -"Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his
Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!"' (Gal 4:6).
743 -From the beginning to the end of time, whenever God
sends his Son, he always sends his Spirit: their mission is
conjoined and inseparable.
744 -In the fullness of time the Holy Spirit completes in Mary
all the preparations for Christ's coming among the People
of God. By the action of the Holy Spirit in her, the Father
gives the world Emmanuel "God-with-us" (Mt 1:23).
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BRIEF
745- The Son of God was consecrated as Christ (Messiah)
by the anointing of the Holy Spirit at his Incarnation (cf. Ps
746 -By his Death and his Resurrection, Jesus is
constituted in glory as Lord and Christ (cf. Acts 2:36). From
his fullness, he poured out the Holy Spirit on the apostles
and the Church.
747- The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his
members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church. She
is the sacrament of the Holy Trinity's communion with men.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BRIEF
747- The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the
head pours out on his members,
builds, animates, and sanctifies the
Church. She is the sacrament of the
Holy Trinity's communion with men.
“ Jesus did
not call the
"The battle is not of flesh and
“ For our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark
world and against spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly
The 7 gifts as defined by St. Thomas
Aquinas in the Summa Theologica
• Wisdom - The gift of wisdom perfects a
person's speculative reason in matters of
judgment about the truth.
• Understanding - The gift of
understanding perfects a person's
speculative reason in the apprehension of
truth. It is the gift "whereby self-evident
principles are known.”
• Knowledge - The gift of knowledge
perfects a person's practical reason in
matters of judgment about the truth.
• Counsel - Also called "Right Judgment."
The gift of counsel perfects a person's
practical reason in the apprehension of
truth and allows the person to respond
prudently, "moved through the research of
• 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 Spirit's
instigation,we pay worship and duty to
God as our Father."
• 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 child's fear of offending his
father, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a
fear of punishment.
• Variety of Gifts - same Spirit
• Variety of services - same Lord
• Variety of activities - same God
• All these are activated by one
and the same Spirit
• 1 Cor 12: 4-7
Gifts are not exhaustive
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 the
house where they were sitting.
Divided tongues as of fire,
appeared among them and a
tongue rested on each one of
them. All of them were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and began
to speak in other languages, as
the Spirit gave them ability”
Morning of Pentecost
• The crowd heard the apostles
speaking in different tongues. (Acts
• The crowd thought the apostles
were drunk “filled with new wine”
• 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).
Out in the open
Individualistic Shared everything
Sang in tongues
In favour with people
Signs & wonders
Gifts of the Spirit
Filled with the Holy Spirit
God’s ultimate plan for us – that we may:
...attain to the whole measure of the
fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13)
"Our greatest wish and prayer is that you
will become mature Christians." 2 Cor
…press on to maturity (Heb 6:1)
"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
have not love, I am
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, and
where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is freedom" (2 Cor
to build the
Gifts roots the
to bear fruits
“At the end of our lives,
we will not be judged by
how many diplomas we
have received, how much
money we have made or
how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and
you gave me to eat. I was naked and you
clothed me. I was homeless and you took
“FOR WE ARE WHAT HE
HAS MADE US, CREATED
IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO
WHICH GOD PREPARED
BEFOREHAND TO BE OUR
WAY OF LIFE”
“ Charisms are therefore
graces bestowed by the
Holy Spirit on certain
members of the faithful to
prepare them to contribute
to the common good of the
Pope John Paul II
Address to participants in the
Second International Conference
of Ecclesial Movements, 2 March
1987, L'Osservatore Romano
English edition, 16 March 1987,
'Twas battered and
and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely
worth his while
To waste much time
on the old VIOLIN,
But held it up with a
"What am I bid, good
"Who'll start the bidding
A dollar, a dollar –
now two, only two Two dollars,
and who'll make it three?"
"Three dollars once,
three dollars twice,
Going for three“
From the room far back a
Came forward and picked
up the bow;
Then wiping the dust
the old violin,
And tightening up
all the strings,
He played a melody pure
As sweet as an angel
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
"A thousand –
and who'll make it two?
Two thousand –
and who'll make it three?
Three thousand once and three
thousand twice And going and gone!" said he.
but some of them
"We do not quite
What changed its
The man replied:
THE TOUCH OF