Filled with Holy Spirit 

                 – Br. Michael, ofm

 

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ – Luke 4.14-21

Jesus, the Anointed One

brings us good news

in the little ways of life,

in his word penetrating our living,

in our connections with one another.

 

Jesus, the Chain Breaker

proclaims release to us

declaring our sins are forgiven,

embracing us with dignity

honoring our worthiness.

 

Jesus, the Sight Giver

opens our eyes

to hope each day,

to the power of love,

to discover his beauty.

 

Jesus, the Freedom Architect

releases us from what is oppressive

with his endless mercy,

with his gentle peace,

with his life, death and resurrection.

 

Jesus, the Celebrating One

proclaims God’s favour in our lives

each day,

in all ways,

with much delight.

 

The Spirit of the Lord was indeed upon Jesus

and he has infused this Spirit in our living

calling us beloved,

showing us authentic living,

guiding us in relationship with God.

 

The power of the Spirit indeed filled Jesus

and is filling each of us;

let us be attentive to the promptings,

allowing holy wisdom to speak

so that in turn we move and act with the Spirit.

 

Jesus,

“filled with the power of the Holy Spirit”

help us to see that we too are filled with your Spirit

for we are vessels of you

bearing good news,

living freely in you,

seeing with clear vision,

releasing our burdens,

proclaiming your goodness and mercy

all the days of our life.

Amen.

Photo Credit: Hasan Almasi

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

Day Retreats in February

Tuesday, February 1

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Healing, Wholeness and Hope

International Day of Human Fraternity

A day of reflection, sharing and prayer.

 

 

Wednesday, February 9

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Day Away:

As the Father Has Sent Me So I Send You

A day set aside for reflection and prayer.

 

 

Saturday, February 12

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

A Day Away with One You Love

Spend a retreat day together.

Check our listing on website.

Limited spots available.

call 403-932-2012 or email mtfrancis@shaw.ca to register

             

 

 

 

Marvellous Works

                              – Br. Michael, ofm

 

The New Year has quickly taken off. We may still be relishing in the days of cheer of Christmas past. We may be stumbling through how to move forward with goals or resolutions. We may be stuck in a snow drift of uncertainty. We may be sailing along and embracing each day. Regardless of where we are at this midpoint of the first month of 2022 God continues to be present and God’s message of hope and love remains.

 

Psalm 96 says: “Declare the marvellous works of the Lord among the peoples.”

Have we taken the time to declare the marvellous works of this past week? Maybe it was a sunset, a connection with a friend, a delicious cup of tea, a kind neighbour, laughter shared or maybe it was a transformed heart or a fresh insight. No matter what it was, the marvellous works of God seem to come in small ways so that we can take in and begin to comprehend how marvellous God’s love truly is.

 

Each day marvellous works of the Lord take place. Pausing at the end of the day to recall which one touched us is a practice we can carry into the weeks that will become the rest of 2022. It will only encourage our connection with God and will loosen our tongues to declare the many marvellous works of the Lord even if only to ourselves. It will indeed increase our gratitude quota for the year. God delights over us so very much and so often we allow this delight to slip by us; maybe unaware, maybe too busy, or maybe not open to it, regardless, God continues to delight.

 

The prophet Isaiah says, “You shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give… you shall be a crown of beauty… a royal diadem… you shall be called My Delight… for the Lord delights in you… God rejoices over you” (62.1-5). Is this alone not enough to declare as marvellous? Is this not the gift given to us each day? Our God madly in love with us, calling us to life, calling us to let go of the destructive ways and the lures of the world. Our God declaring the marvellous works of creation, the creation of us as delightful, beautiful, royal and worth rejoicing over. In other words, Beloved. Called by a new name: Beloved. Rejoicing over us because we are beloved.

 

Nothing can beat the marvellous goodness of God’s love and the hope it instills in us. We must keep our eyes fixed on our God and the One whom God sent to us. The One who lifts us up in his marvellous love and redeems us and declares the delight and belovedness which is inherently ours from the beginning of time. Our God and our Savior gift us with the Spirit who activates in us gifts – a variety of gifts which we are reminded of in the first letter to the Corinthians. These gifts are expressed and shared uniquely by each one of us, manifesting the goodness of God and the goodness of each other, which in turn causes even more declaring of the marvellous works of our God. God’s glory and love and delight is revealed in our lives. As Saint Irenaeus said: “The glory of God is the person fully alive, but the life of humanity is the vision of God.” Again, a reminder that we are beloved. In little ways God’s glory is revealed and this is grace upon for grace for us. Let us not lose sight of this as we continue the journey of 2022.

 

God of the Journey,

you delight in us,

call us beloved

and walk with us all the days of our life.

As we continue to walk into 2022

may our hearts be awakened

to your marvellous works

which are present each day

in both the grand and in the small.

May we continue to share our gifts

so that goodness may abound

for all people.

May we continue to fix our eyes

on you and the glory of your life

in this journey.

Amen.

Photos: MJP