Lessons of Hearing,
Photograph by Laura Makabresku (born 1987),
Executed in 2021,
© Laura Makabresku artist
The Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you
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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