January 16, 2022 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 62:1-5 • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 • John 2:1-11
“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” —1 Corinthians 12:7
All of us are blessed to receive the Holy Spirit twice in our lives in special ways: once at baptism, and then again at confirmation. Jesus even received the Holy Spirit when John baptized him. What does it mean to receive the Holy Spirit? The Scriptures tell us that the Spirit is given to each of us for some benefit, but doesn’t explain exactly what that means. Think of any skill or talent you have as a gift of the Holy Spirit that you can use to help someone. If you are good at math or science, then you might be able to use that gift to be a doctor and help sick people. If you are good at farming or gardening, you can use your gift to help feed people. If you are good with babies or children, you can use that gift to be a childcare worker or a teacher. The Holy Spirit is a gift that God gave us to help us know how we can hear and respond to God with the gifts we are given.
Pray together: Dear Lord, teach me how to quiet myself so that I may hear and respond to how the Holy Spirit wants to lead me in my life.
Discuss together: Have I ever felt led by the Holy Spirit? How did I know it was the Spirit? How can being still and quiet help us hear the Lord?
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