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We Gather in Faith

Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis Christian.

REFLECTIONS

Jesus is in the Father, the disciples are in him, and he is in them. Sounds like a puzzle. We put it together by keeping his commandments.

To keep is to act. We often say, "Actions speak louder than words." When we live the commandments, our actions make that known. The same Spirit that connects Jesus with the Father is the promised Advocate who connects God with us and us with one another. That same Spirit was given to those in Samaria when the apostles laid hands on them. That same Spirit helped Peter's audience keep their consciences clear because of their good conduct in Christ. That same Spirit helps our actions speak louder than words.

We were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit was deepened within us in confirmation. How do people know that the Spirit is within us? We manifest the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. When our actions make clear that the Spirit of God guides us, people see that we remain in Jesus Christ and he remains in us.

St. Francis de Sales taught that human beings love by doing good. The wisdom, counsel, understanding, and knowledge of the Holy Spirit give us courage to do good and live Jesus' command to love. Withdraw into your heart this week. Turn to our Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Reflect on the gifts of the Spirit and ask for the courage to act on them. Then love as Jesus loved. Your actions will show that he remains in you and you remain in him. Actions speak louder than words.

Thanks to Laurie Brink, O.P. & Paul A. Colloton, O.S.F.S.