Something we all need more of

This Sunday’s Gospel reading includes the prophetic statement by St John the Baptist that

“…one mightier than I is coming……He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)

Most priests will probably focus their homily on the day’s feast – the Baptism of Our Lord. That’s understandable, as that mystery – the First Mystery of Light proffered by Pope John Paul II – provides a wealth of teaching material.

But I encourage you not to overlook the Baptist’s prophecy. Take some time to read about what it means to be ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit,’ because it is so very important to the life and growth of the Church. Here are two links:

A 2003 article by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa

A 2007 sermon by the same papal preacher

There are six important things to remember about our being ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit’:

In May 2008, Pope Benedict said

“Today I would like to extend the invitation to all: let us rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit…”

Let’s take his advice!

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