Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Meditation supplement for Sunday, June 1, 2014 – the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.
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Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with the them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Acts 1: 1-11
Ps 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Eph 1: 17-23
Mt 28: 16-20
Baptized in the Holy Spirit
This week, we continue our discussion on the Holy Spirit. In this week’s reading, Jesus is very clear about the purpose of the Holy Spirit. That purpose is to empower. For the disciples, it meant that they were empowered (emboldened) to be witnesses to what they saw in Jesus and what they learned from him. This was their unique gift and the unique purpose for which God made them.
Each and every one of us has been equally gifted in a unique and special way. One of our tasks as followers of Jesus is to find out what those gifts are, to give time and resources for supporting their development, and finally, to share those gifts in service to the world.
How have you taken time to uncover your unique spiritual gifts?
How have you given time and resources to developing your spiritual gifts?
Discernment is the process we use to identify our unique spiritual gifts and the way we are invited to share these gifts in service to the world. As your spiritual practice this week, Read through my blogs, “What is your Magic” parts 1-7 as a way of acquainting yourself with the spiritual gifts identified by the Catholic Church. To access these blogs, start HERE: http://yourspiritualtruth.com/?s=What+is+your+magic%3F
As you are reading, take note of which gifts seems to resonate with you. Chances are, you are already demonstrating these gifts in some way. Reflect on how you might be called to make further use of these gifts, specifically in service to love.
In Authentic Freedom we work toward identifying and transcending the spiritual fears that hinder us from realizing our inherent giftedness and living those gifts freely and fully in the world. The seven core spiritual fears are:
- There is not enough.
- I am insignificant and have nothing to contribute.
- I cannot be or live as the person God made me to be.
- I am not loved.
- I am not free to express my truth.
- I do not know my truth.
- I am alone.
How are these fears currently present in your life?