Father Peter Clarke

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

The Wind is Blowing: THE GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT – PROLOGUE Part II

The Wind is Blowing: THE GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT    – PROLOGUE Part II

In Part 1 of the Prologue to this series of meditations you were given the names of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now we are going to attempt to deepen our understanding and appreciation of their role in our lives.

At Baptism we received these gifts. At our Confirmation the Holy Spirit perfected and activated them so as to enable us to lead fully Christian lives.

It is the Prophet Isaiah who foretold the coming of the One whom Almighty God promised to send to His Chosen People. He would be richly endowed with spiritual gifts.

“A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse; a new shoot will grow from his roots.  On him will rest the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and insight, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and fear of  the Lord:    his inspiration will lie in fearing the Lord.” (Isaiah 11).

He also wrote of someone claiming to be anointed by the Spirit of God:The spirit of the Lord  is on me for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison… to comfort all who mourn,” (Is.61).

 According to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament “Messiah” was the word used of one anointed as king, priest or prophet. The equivalent word in the Greek of the New Testament is “Christ.”

Of all the passages from Sacred Scripture Jesus could have chosen to read in the Synagogue in Capernaum He selected, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted...” Dramatically He exclaimed, “This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening!” (Lk.4).

Through and through the humanity of Jesus was briskly alert to the impulse of these gifts of the Holy Spirit in the service of His Heavenly Father.

And now we ourselves our caught up in this Messianic thrust of energy –to be compared to a schooner opening its sails to the wind. After the water of Baptism had flowed over our brows we were anointed with Chrism with the words, “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, King, so may you live always as a member of His body, sharing everlasting life.”

Loaded with such spiritual Gifts it is now up to us to let God do great things in us, for us, and through us!

 

 

 

Peter Clarke, O.P.

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