Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
So much of our life is driven by growth. As children we grow physically as our bodies mature. Our minds expand as we learn both academically and from experience. As adults we seek growth temporally through careers and employment, and personally through our interpersonal relationships. Most of this growth is something we can see and measure.
Spiritually of course we are called to grow from the day we are born until the day we die. Initially, this growth is guided by the hands and heart of those who love us. This growth is also nurtured by the faith tradition in which we are raised. Thus our spiritual growth is formed through our families, faith traditions and the God’s Word. Some of this growth we can see and measure by the way we think, talk and act more like Christ.
While faith formation is of paramount importance and is reflected through our discipleship, what really animates this life of discipleship is unseen and yet still believed. Jesus came into the world so that we might believe in him but also in the one who sent him. The gospel reminds us that it is God the Father who sent the Son. It is Acts that illuminates the Spirit as the driving force of the growth of the word of God. This same Spirit animates the disciples who become open to the Spirit through their fasting and prayer. These disciples receive the Spirit through the laying on of hands. It the Spirit that sends them forth.
Our faith is still being formed and we are still being sent by the Spirit. This Spirit helps us hear the Word of God. It calls us to proclaim the Word of God. Having heard the Word and proclaimed it, we are sent by the Spirit to observe the Word. The Spirit does sends us to the glorify the Lord with our lives. Then in a way that be both seen and measured, those with whom we interact, will encounter the mind, heart and life of Christ.
How is the Holy Spirit is sending us today? How might we better participate in this sending so that our lives more joyfully reflect Christ, the Spirit and the one who sent them?
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen. Alleluia!
- Deacon Michael Montgomery