Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Confirmation I and II:

Confirmation I and II: May 30, 2010: Trinity Sunday – Read the Gospel: Jn 16:12-13

Journal: How did you live out last week’s Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

I hate driving with people who won’t ask for directions or look at a road map. Aside from running out of gas, there’s nothing I hate more than following a route on a hunch that it’s the right way. This brings us to the second way the Holy Spirit can make a huge difference in our lives. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus promises his Apostles that “the Spirit of truth” will guide them. The same goes for us. The Spirit, in other words, is our road map. Are you willing to follow it? God could’ve sent Jesus as role model and then left the rest to us. But God knows us, loves us, and wants the best for us, so we have guidance whenever we want it. Here are some important tips to remember when you look for that guidance. First, Jesus gave the Spirit to the Apostles as a group, not as individuals. So they found the Spirit’s guidance by praying and talking together. Likewise, we need to connect with other Christians to find the Spirit’s guidance. When you have a problem or need to make a decision, pray and talk with other Christians. Talk with a priest or another spiritual guide when you need direction. Second, the Spirit’s guidance comes through the dead as well as the living. Our Christian community includes heroes who’ve gone before us, from the Apostles to modern-day folks like Mother Teresa. The Spirit guides us through their lives too. So read about them in the Bible, on the Internet, in religion books. Let their lives provide you with part of your road map. Finding God’s directions in your life isn’t always easy. It can be confusing. You’ll make wrong turns and hit some dead ends. I have. But every time I’ve reached for the Holy Spirit’s help, I’ve found direction. And looking back, I’m amazed at the journey. It’s been a great ride, and continues to be so.

Journal: Recall a time when prayer or discussion with other Christians helped you find God’s guidance. What was your situation and how did the Spirit guide you through others? Be specific.

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