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Be Filled With The Holy Spirit!

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles after His resurrection and – WOW! – they could not be stopped! When once they cowered, they now speak to power with convicted Truth, eventually bringing down the mighty and evil Roman Empire. He can do it with you too.

Catechesis At Home – 4th Sunday of Easter – Year B

Filled With The Holy Spirit


DISCUSSION – What Does It Mean to Be Filled With The Holy Spirit

The first line of the first reading tells us more about the Holy Spirit than what we might learn from any other source. Peter, being accused of doing good in the name of Jesus, is standing before the elders of the Jewish community. These are the same who gathered in the night and tried Jesus in a kangaroo court that condemned him to death. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, publicly condemns these leaders, specifically accusing them of the crime of murder. The readings this past week, leading up to this one, are Peter’s interactions with these leaders, culminating in this forceful, righteous, and virtuous condemnation by the first pope.

The leaders have been trying to just get Peter to go away. To stop exposing their late-night crime to the light of day. They hold a tenuous power over the people, and the entire region is abuzz with hundreds of people having seen the risen Jesus. The elders cannot condemn Peter for telling the Truth, yet they cannot allow him to keep saying the Truth or their hold on power will crumble because they will be condemned by that Truth.

It is almost a comedy routine, with the elders seeming to say, “C’mon, do us a favor and just go away.”

This has everything to do with what we have in common with Peter: We, baptized, are filled with the Holy Spirit. The difference? Peter knows it with the very core of his being, and cannot deny it – he cannot deny the Truth. And the Truth is so beautiful, it must be shared, to shed the light in every dark corner he encounters, starting with the dark corners of the corrupt Sadducee hierarchy and winding up in Rome – the very darkest of Godlessness in the known Ancient World.

When we know we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we do not need to wait for a sign, a confirmation, of it. All we have to do is use it. If we use the Holy Spirit we are using the power of God. Peter uses the power of God to condemn the highest authority on the planet in the years to come, and has no problem righteously smiting the elders gathered before him, who are timidly asking him to go away.

This is the same Peter who ran away and hid during Our Savior’s darkest hour. The difference?

“Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 4:8)

 

ACTIVITY – How to Be Filled With The Holy Spirit

Darkness in our society and culture grows because we do not shed light on it. Whether we “speak truth to power” or ask a neighbor to turn down the offensive music, when the righteousness of God is in our words and deeds, the darkness shrinks. This week, parents should discuss with the family one thing that they have always wanted to “say something about”. This should be an ongoing conversation that eventually culminates in the proper action being taken. Whether asking a priest why they do not celebrate Mass properly, or a bully at school to stop being mean, the light cannot get into the dark crevices without us, a light bearer.  As a family, read Deuteronomy 31:6 this week every night at dinner, and discuss the thing that you have always wanted to say. Eventually, if we keep this discussion going, someone will let out that which fills them – the Holy Spirit –and bring light to a much-needed part of our world.

Download below the PDF of this article and print out the last page, the verse from Deuteronomy, posting it on the refrigerator for easy access during dinner and going forward. Make copies for each bedroom or each bathroom mirror!

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristofer Cowles, MHD

Kristofer Cowles, MHD

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First Reading

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

Responsorial Psalm

R.  (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R.  Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R.  The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his kindness endures forever.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia. 

Second Reading

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Gospel Reading

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”

Catechesis At Home – Filled With The Holy Spirit

4th Sunday of Easter – Year B

DISCUSSION

The first line of the first reading tells us more about the Holy Spirit than what we might learn from any other source. Peter, being accused of doing good in the name of Jesus, is standing before the elders of the Jewish community. These are the same who gathered in the night and tried Jesus in a kangaroo court that condemned him to death. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, publicly condemns these leaders, specifically accusing them of the crime of murder. The readings this past week, leading up to this one, are Peter’s interactions with these leaders, culminating in this forceful, righteous, and virtuous condemnation by the first pope.

The leaders have been trying to just get Peter to go away. To stop exposing their late-night crime to the light of day. They hold a tenuous power over the people, and the entire region is abuzz with hundreds of people having seen the risen Jesus. The elders cannot condemn Peter for telling the Truth, yet they cannot allow him to keep saying the Truth or their hold on power will crumble because they will be condemned by that Truth.

It is almost a comedy routine, with the elders seeming to say, “C’mon, do us a favor and just go away.”

This has everything to do with what we have in common with Peter: We, baptized, are filled with the Holy Spirit. The difference? Peter knows it with the very core of his being, and cannot deny it – he cannot deny the Truth. And the Truth is so beautiful, it must be shared, to shed the light in every dark corner he encounters, starting with the dark corners of the corrupt Sadducee hierarchy and winding up in Rome – the very darkest of Godlessness in the known Ancient World.

When we know we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we do not need to wait for a sign, a confirmation, of it. All we have to do is use it. If we use the Holy Spirit we are using the power of God. Peter uses the power of God to condemn the highest authority on the planet in the years to come, and has no problem righteously smiting the elders gathered before him, who are timidly asking him to go away.

This is the same Peter who ran away and hid during Our Savior’s darkest hour. The difference?

“Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 4:8)

ACTIVITY

Darkness in our society and culture grows because we do not shed light on it. Whether we “speak truth to power” or ask a neighbor to turn down the offensive music, when the righteousness of God is in our words and deeds, the darkness shrinks. This week, parents should discuss with the family one thing that they have always wanted to “say something about”. This should be an ongoing conversation that eventually culminates in the proper action being taken. Whether asking a priest why they do not celebrate Mass properly, or a bully at school to stop being mean, the light cannot get into the dark crevices without us, a light bearer.  As a family, read Deuteronomy 31:6 this week every night at dinner, and discuss the thing that you have always wanted to say. Eventually, if we keep this discussion going, someone will let out that which fills them – the Holy Spirit –and bring light to a much-needed part of our world.

Download below the PDF of this article and print out the last page, the verse from Deuteronomy, posting it on the refrigerator for easy access during dinner and going forward. Make copies for each bedroom or each bathroom mirror!

Do you need help recognizing the Holy Spirit in you?

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

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Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation? Beth and Kristofer do not accept the premise.

Does the Church discourage cremation? Sure.

But it also accepts the occasional necessity of cremation, and when chosen prudently it is not a sin.

But when done for the wrong reasons, it is a grave sin. No pun intended!

Listen to understand the nuances of the Church’s teaching on this sensitive and often gut-wrenching topic.

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