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Seeds Planted by the Holy Spirit

December 4, 2013

Reflection

 

Close your eyes and imagine Christ feeding 4,000 people on a mountain along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Now, think back to St. Agatha’s Night of Praise.  St. Agatha’s parking lot was filled with the Holy Spirit.  All groups of our church listened to the words of Deacon Ricardo, and the beautiful spiritual music and singing of our Spanish and English speaking parishioners.  Pilgrims returning from the Holy Land were beaming and the Holy Spirit shone in their eyes.

Food was plentiful and there was a beautiful feeling of hope, trust and good will among the people of St. Agatha.

 

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit that was so present that evening will continue to flow and grow and help us hear and heed the word of the Lord.

 

Thought Question

 

l. How do we grow the seeds planted by the Holy Spirit on the Night of Praise into a flourishing community for God and each other?

 

Prayer

 

Heavenly Father, help us to embrace different people and acknowledge their gifts.  Let us celebrate life with people who differ from us.

 

By Carolyn and Bernie Hamilton

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 25:6-10A

 

On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.

On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

 

R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.


R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.


He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage. 


R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.


You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.


R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.


R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

 

Gospel MT 15:29-37

 

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there. 
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others. 
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. 
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole, 
the lame walking, 
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat. 
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.” 
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?” 
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” 
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” 
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. 
They all ate and were satisfied. 
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

 

Tags: holy spirit, seeds, stagatha, agatha, st agatha, advent retreat, retreat

Comments

Barbara J  |  here  |  December 5, 2013  |  7:00 PM

Today's gospel borought back memories of my prilgrimage to Isreal and the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. It was such an uplifting and spiritual experience.Then one day at our hotel in Jerusalem while talking to one fo the shopkeepers ,he told me his daughter was suffering from renal failure and loved chewing gum ,however all he could get was chiclets. When I returned to the US I sent him Three dozen packages of gum.He wrote me saying how happy his daughter was. Even the most minor amount of kindnest can make a great difference. 


Angie  |  Kansas  |  December 5, 2013  |  12:22 AM

An online Advent Retreat in order to prepare for Christmas, count me in.  The Psalm for today has always been one of my favorites.  The Lord guides me.  I shall not want.  He gives me courage.  Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life.  So true, so true.  This Advent Season, I will with purpose, extend kindness to all I encounter; the sales clerk, the postal carrier, the stranger, neighbors, friends, and family.  With the Gospel reading, I would have liked to see Jesus cure the afflicted.  How grateful they must have been.  Thanks for sharing your online retreat with me.              


Fr. Bill  |  here  |  December 5, 2013  |  12:18 AM

I, too, felt the magic of the summer evening of praise--it was a spectacular moment, exquisite, with all of us singing and dancing and praying to the music. I think we will feel that same joy and togetherness as we prepare and serve our Christmas dinner for the homeless on Christmas Day, when  between 1500 and 2000 people will enter our lives and bless us. It will appear that we are doing something for them, but in reality they will be blessing us--God will gaze at us through their eyes as surely as He blessed us on that summer night of song.


Michelle  |  .  |  December 4, 2013  |  2:35 PM

Great reflection. Our anniversary(unity)  mass that will be celebrated in December 15 @ 11:00am. Will be another opportunity to experience the Spirit. I hope many people from all our church communities will step out of their comfort zone and will join us.


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