The Holy Spirit’s Gifts, part 1

The Spirit is present from the beginning of time – “A mighty wind sweeping over the waters” (Gn 1:2b). As part of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit moves and acts in accord with the Father and the Son, bringing order from chaos. The gifts of the Holy Spirit come from Isaiah 11:2, “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD.”

When did the apostles receive the Holy Spirit?

On the feast of Pentecost, which is considered the birth of the Church, the apostles and Mary were locked in the upper room out of fear. And then, the Holy Spirit came upon them and filled them with the gifts of the Spirit. Then, they were made bold and began to preach and teach and heal and pray. The began spreading the Good News!

Why do we need these gifts?

These gifts help us be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and sustain us in our Christian walk.

Wisdom helps order our lives correctly by desiring the things of God rather than the world.

Understanding allows us to grasp the truths of our faith profoundly.

Counsel gives us the opportunity to choose the best way to please God, to avoid sin and to help others do what is right.

As always, the gifts are first for ourselves before we reach out and help others. Let the Spirit fill you and guide you as to how to use your gifts.

the not lukewarm challenge

Our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week: Read and reflect on these scripture verses: Isiah 11, Psalm 104. And here is a link to the Holy Spirit prayer I prayed.

 

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