Last week I used the well-known and often quoted “Parable of Tom Brady” to make a point about cultivating a healthy heart. No terrible parable this week; just some helpful thoughts on how to guard our hearts. 🙂
Jesus taught in parables. So let’s use a football analogy to make a spiritual point as we near Super Bowl Sunday. Your heart is a well; neglect the well and your heart will run dry. How do we, as King Solomon instructs in the Book of Proverbs, guard our hearts above all else? That’s the topic of this week’s 5-minute reflection.
“For Zion’s Sake I will not be silent. For Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet.” – Isaiah 62:1
The Gospel is to be proclaimed and celebrated. It will not always be accepted, but it must be told. The good news is the same breath that filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb, breathes in us, too.
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With the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday we will hear St. John the Baptist proclaim, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Baptism in the Spirit is one of the few themes written about in all four Gospels. But what does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? To get to the heart of that question, let’s pose a different question first. How is it possible for a person who has received the sacraments to not be living a dynamic life of faith? This 5-Minute Reflection explores both questions.