Monday, April 28, 2014

Preach the Word with boldness: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, April 28th, 2014

            We have two vivid images of the Holy Spirit in the readings today.  Jesus tells Nicodemus that, “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  This is particularly fitting on this blustery Duluth day.  While it is far from beautiful consider just how powerful the wind is.  This is what Jesus compares the Holy Spirit with.
            The Holy Spirit also manifests His power in the book of Acts: “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
            In both contexts the Spirit is connected with the sacraments, especially Baptism.  It was through the graces received through being “born of water and Spirit” that allowed the disciples to speak with boldness about the Word of God.
            This begs the question—do you boldly proclaim God’s Word?  You have been baptized and confirmed and have the strength to do so!  Remember that being bold doesn’t mean being annoying or standing on a street corner shouting at people.  What it does mean is that you have the courage to share your experience of Jesus with others.  It means you will always be ready to witness to your Catholic faith.
            In the glorious Easter season, preach God’s Word with boldness and always remember the graces of the sacraments and the power of the Holy Spirit are with you.

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