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27th Sept. 2015 – 26th Sunday of the Year B

posted 25 Sep 2015, 10:33 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]

27th Sept. 2015 – 26th Sunday of the Year B.

H.B. & Hw.

Where is the action? The action is in you and me and all of us.

The action is in humanity. The action of God which we call the Spirit is (active) in humanity. And the message is crystal clear.


The Spirit reaches beyond institutional boundaries. Those who have eyes to see and hearts that are in tune with the rhythm of life will recognise the Spirit at work in people - very often in those

outside religious practice.


So very often we tend to do a Joshua. We tend to say, think or feel "They don't belong. They don't belong to our club. So how come? How are they so spirit-filled?" And this is what we call small-mindedness. We need the large mindedness of God to welcome all the prophets in our lives. All those to whom the Lord gives the gift of his Spirit, in whom the Spirit is active.


We really cannot waste our time playing games of 'them and us'.

Whoever is not against us is for us. Whoever is kind for Christ's sake will be rewarded. We must not scandalise and shock folk by minds closed to all the good, beauty and love in their humanity and ours. Just because the manifestation of charismatic power is unprogrammed, we must not close our hearts and minds to the Spirit. Restrain as we may "the Spirit blows where he listeth."

"The wind blows wherever it pleases; . . . (and) That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit." (Jn. 3.s)


However, it must be said: Both Baptism and Confirmation contain a right of anointing with chrism, the most precious of the three sacrmental oils and the sign of the Spirit. At Baptism the anointing follows the pouring of water. The celebrant says: "God the Father of Our Lord, Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life'. These words are the charter of citizenship and the bill of rights of the new  people of God. The sacramental form at confirmation, "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit", marks the definitive 'sealing' of the gift of the Spirit already received in Baptism.


The baptised people of God, we are a royal, prophetic priesthood.


This is the source of our dignity as Christians. In virtue of our baptism we have a right to exercise those three functions in the name of Christ through prayer, stewardship of our lives and

consciences and by lives of prophetic witness.


Our Sunday Mass is a manifestation of this community of charism based on our Baptism. Our lay ministers of word and sacrament are but our servants in the fellowship of faith. And we are all prophets. Witnesses to the Good News that we are saved. 'The true prophet is not a professional whinger or a carping critic of everything around." Such people are countersigns.


Love is the mark of the true prophet-

Love of God and his creation.

Love of God and his people.

Love of God and his Christ-

Love of God and his Spirit who finds his home in our humanity.