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Bearing Witness by being Ablaze

June 13, 2011

Last week, I said that we cannot intelligibly communicate the Good News of God’s transforming Presence and power to the world around us if we are not experiencing it, living it.

The infilling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost gives the empowerment to do this – the us the ability to bear witness, to be the Church. Jesus wanted the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them before sharing the message about new life, because he wanted them to embody the Good News of power they were to proclaim. They would not show their Lord’s light to the world the way the moon shows to the world the light of the sun – reflecting it, while remaining itself lifeless and cold. No! They would show people the light of the Lord by being themselves set ablaze with his fire! They would manifest God’s power by God’s Presence within them.

(From June 12 Sermon)

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