(I just realized that I didn’t post this yesterday. I apologize!)
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5 (God like the bridegroom and the bride); Psalm 36:5-10 (We feast on the abundance of God’s house); 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (A variety of gifts but one Spirit); John 2:1-11 (The wedding at Cana)
It amazes me that one of the most debated areas of faith among Christians is the work of the Holy Spirit. Some would have the Holy Spirit running wild with no control, others would do all that they could to restrict His work because “we must have control in what we do as followers of Christ.” So let’s begin with a belief that is common among followers of Christ: We believe in a triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we speak of the Holy Spirit, we are speaking of God.
As we read a small bit about how the Holy Spirit works in the Corinthian passage, we begin by understanding that no one can confess their faith in Jesus unless the Holy Spirit gives him the words. (vs. 3) As we read further, we note that the Holy Spirit gives us the power to do God’s work in this world. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” As we begin to look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we realize that these words are the reason. God wants to work in this world and use His people to do that. Since the Holy Spirit is God, we can’t control Him. At the same time, since the Holy Spirit is God, He works with a singular purpose which is to draw all people to Himself. The Holy Spirit continues to work through God’s children to draw all people into a relationship with God. If that is what He empowers us to do, we must live each day under His guidance to show others the mercy and grace of our God.
Oh God! We live in a world that needs to hear of Your love and greatness. You have chosen us to proclaim that message in the power of the Holy Spirit. Empower us, we pray, and work through us as we share Your mercy with others.