So there we have it!!
Paragraph 1285 says, “It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.”
In Baptism we are brought into the family of God
We are made partakers in the Holy Spirit
We are given the fruits of the Holy Spirit
THERE WE ARE!!
The Apostles themselves were Baptized
They had been adopted as God’s sons
The Apostles had a share in the Holy Spirit
But even with that, they lacked the special strength of the Holy Spirit
They lacked the strength of courage
They lacked that special strength to spread and defend the faith by word and deed
They needed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Remember Acts Ch 1?
The Apostles ask Jesus, “Lord, are you at this moment going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus responds, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has pointed out. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses here in Jerusalem throughout Judea and Samaria to the ends of the Earth.”
That word for POWER is the Greek word “DYNAMIS”
The word for WITNESS is the word “MARTYS” or “MARTYR”
They have received the Holy Spirit
They will now receive this NEW UNIQUE POWER of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and deed
To NEVER be ashamed of the Cross
To proclaim the name of Jesus Christ BOLDLY
We are going to find these as part of the 5 EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION
Jesus Christ has made us into the sons and daughters of the Father
Jesus Christ has made us sharers in His Grace
HE IS ALSO SENDING US OUT!!
When the Apostles ask Jesus that question, Jesus does not say NO
Jesus does not say YES
What does Jesus say?
Go up and read it again
Here is Fr. Mike’s interpretation…
The Apostles ask, “Jesus, are you going to do it? Are you going to continue this work? Are you going to spread your Gospel throughout the whole world?”
Jesus looks at the Apostles and answers, “Nope! You are!!”
Jesus is working in them and through them
So yes Jesus is with them and He is active
If they don’t act, the Gospel STOPS
If they don’t go out with the Power of the Holy Spirit and they don’t spread and defend the faith by how they live and speak, then that mission of salvation ENDS RIGHT THERE
Jesus is so humble and becomes one of us and becomes one of the poorest among us and meekest among us
Jesus allows Himself to be shamefully tortured to death and crucified
THAT IS HOW HUMBLE OUR GOD IS!!
Jesus also says, “The whole mission that I have started and I am pouring out my Holy Spirit for you to accomplish, if you don’t do it, it FAILS. If you don’t bring my Gospel, if you don’t bring my Grace to the world, IT STOPS WITH YOU!!”
THAT IS THE INCREDIBLE THING!!
For the Sacrament of Confirmation, here is what God has done IN YOU
WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN YOU MUST NOT STOP WITH YOU!!
This is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ has poured out His Holy Spirit in Confirmation
We are going to keep on talking about this
This a SPECIAL STRENGTH
To be a TRUE WITNESS OF CHRIST
We are obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed
From the early times of the Apostles they had “laying on of hands”
Then later on they had CHRISM, the perfumed oil
Jesus is the ANOINTED ONE
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is also called CHRISMATION in the Eastern Churches
The bishop himself blesses this chrism oil at the chrism Mass
Paragraph 1289 says, “In the West, the term Confirmation suggests that this sacrament both confirms baptism and strengthens baptismal grace.”
What does it mean to be Baptized and Confirmed?
What does it mean to be a Soldier for Christ?
What does it mean to be sent out in the name of Jesus Christ to be able to bring His Grace and His Gospel to the world?
Fr. Mike is so grateful for you and you keep pressing play
It’s not easy
However long it took you to get to this day, you made it
Keep on pressing play
Keep on praying
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!