Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Pastor

It’s been quite a while since I was on an airplane. Covid has restricted air travel for many people. However, I remember the instructions of the cabin crew before the flight got airborne. It went something like this: “In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are traveling with someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.”

Before you can do anything to help a loved one, or the person beside you, you have to be okay. You need to ensure you are breathing oxygen so as to help somebody else.

The same is true for living the Christian life. We need the oxygen/the breath of Christ running through our veins. Christ can be dangling in front of our face, but we have to pull Him towards us. We have to breath Him in! Prior to this scene in the Gospel, St Luke tells us Jesus was “filled with the Holy Spirit”, “led by the Spirit”. In the synagogue Jesus would say, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”. Then, he begins his public ministry.

We can be no different! We also need the same Spirit upon us. At the end of Luke’s Gospel when Jesus is departing, He says, “wait in Jerusalem till the Holy Spirit comes”. Without the Spirit, we can flail around, spinning our wheels and get nowhere. Before we can do anything for God, neighbor or the person beside us, we too need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pull Christ close, place Him firmly over your heart and let His life flow through you.

– Fr. Joe

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