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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 7:41 AM ]

“We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.”  This quote is an answer to a question in our catechism.  It is found on page 852 of our Prayer Book.  It is interesting that it does not say that we bring the Holy Spirit when we do the things listed, but that we recognize the Holy Spirit when we confess Christ and allow ourselves to be brought into love and harmony.   

I like being behind the wheel.  When I am behind the wheel, I can decide where I am going, which route I am going to take and how fast I’m going to drive.  It is more comfortable for me this way.  I am the lord of the vehicle.  Too often, that is a metaphor for life.  We don’t want to be brought someplace.  We don’t want to be at the ‘mercy’ of anyone or anything else.  We are fiercely independent. 

Christ wants us to be fiercely dependent upon Him.  When we are, then we can see and experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  We see so many other things.  It is so easy to see the power of darkness around us.  It is easy to see and hear bad news.  Sometimes it is easy to be a part of the bad news.  Dependence upon Christ opens a new vista for us.  Confessing His name and letting Him direct us brings us into harmony.  Isn’t that a powerful word for today?  Harmony. We see the presence of the Holy Spirit and live in harmony.  So the challenge for the day is not for the world to be different, but for us to draw near to Christ and call His name.  He will make us different.  

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