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14th Sunday Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Psalm 123:1-4
Mark 6:1-6

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“follow the spirit’s lead” (gal 5:25)

“The Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet.” —Ezekiel 2:2

Are circumstances going poorly in your life? Are you being opposed by neighbors, co-workers or family members? (Mk 6:1-6) Are those with whom you live “hard of face” and “obstinate of heart”? (Ez 2:4) Are you weak? (2 Cor 12:9-10) Beg the Lord to pour out the Holy Spirit upon you (Rm 5:5)

When the Holy Spirit comes to us, we are strong (2 Cor 12:10). The Spirit enters into us and sets us on our feet (Ez 2:2). We are weak and simple children (2 Cor 12:9-10), but through the Holy Spirit’s gift of wisdom (Is 11:2), He is wise in us. The Holy Spirit makes the difference. The Spirit sets our feet on a rock (Ps 40:3). He gives us courage (2 Tm 1:7) and words to which no one can take exception (Lk 21:15).

The Church burst into the public arena when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and disciples in the upper room (Acts 2:2ff). Walls, locked doors, and fear no longer restrain God’s people once they are filled with the Holy Spirit.   

Therefore, beg the Lord for the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13). Thirst for the Holy Spirit. Stir up the Holy Spirit (2 Tm 1:6-8). Then “follow the Spirit’s lead” (Gal 5:25).

Prayer:  Father, Your Son told us to beg You to give us the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13). I therefore ask You to pour out Your Spirit upon me and seal me in the Spirit (2 Cor 1:22) so I do not leak. Make me a vessel that serves You in all circumstances (2 Tm 2:21; Acts 20:32).

Promise:  “My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection.” —2 Cor 12:9

Praise:  All praise be to You, risen Jesus. Thank You for lavishing the Spirit on me (Ti 3:6).

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