Lessons of Hearing,
Photograph by Laura Makabresku (born 1987),
Executed in 2021,
Photograph
© Laura Makabresku artist

Lessons of Hearing,
Photograph by Laura Makabresku (born 1987),
Executed in 2021,
Photograph
© Laura Makabresku artist

Gospel of 4 May 2022

The Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you

Matthew 10:17-20

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Beware of men: they will hand you over to sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the pagans. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes; because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.’

Reflection on the Contemporary Art Photograph

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus states that ‘the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you’ when we witness our faith to others. Our contemporary art photograph conveys the Holy Spirit as a dove whispering words into the woman’s ear. She is sitting in a sparse room underneath an icon and a crucifix.

Today’s reading tells us that we won’t just ‘hear’ the Holy Spirit in our prayers, but that the Holy Spirit will actually feed us the right words to say when we witness to our faith. The Holy Spirit actively helps us when we want to share our faith. Jesus was very conscious that his apostles would need all the help they could get in spreading the Good News. He assured them that they wouldn’t be alone in their mission. The Holy Spirit would help them to bear witness in an often hostile world.

The same Holy Spirit is working through us today. We are called to be courageous witnesses to Christ, just as the first disciples were, by the way we live our lives. As Max Lucado said ‘To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether’. And the Holy Spirit will help us achieve that...

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  • Jean Mac says:

    I think we need to watch our arrogance though and always be discerning. Checks and balances are very necessary. I pray for humility such a lot.

  • Dean Toney says:

    This is such an encouraging message. The church that I attend is going through the ‘Bible Course’ written by the Bible Society. Session 7 was about the growth of the early church and the faithful and radical witness of the first hearers of the gospel. It is easy to get discouraged when we compare ourselves with what is taking place within the Book of Acts. But, the same Holy Spirit is at work today and it is so encouraging to be reminded that the Holy Spirit is whispering into our ears and providing us with the courage and words to share our faith.

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