This weekend some of the teenagers in our parish will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The scripture readings on Sunday are inspirational guidance for those being confirmed and also for us all as they help to remind us of the importance of the Holy Spirit and the importance of having faith in God.
In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles we learn that the Church was growing quickly, with many new members joining. This meant that an additional seven men had to be identified to support the Apostles with the important but less liturgical functions of serving the community. The chosen men were "filled with faith and the Holy Spirit". The teenagers being confirmed on Saturday are anointed on their foreheads with the oil of Sacred Chrism and the Bishop will say to them “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. So filled with Faith and the Holy Spirit we hope that they will recognise their role in serving Christ and the community they live in. The Reading makes clear to us all that putting faith into action requires us to trust in the Holy Spirit.
Turning to the Second Reading, St Peter reminds us that we are living stones and that each and every person is part of, and involved in, building up the Church. Each one of us is a precious stone that helps lay the solid foundation of our community. It takes commitment and faith to be a member of Christ's Church. We are asked to be active members, participating in liturgies and supporting one another.
This weekend please pray for all those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. We ask that they are strengthened by the gifts of God’s grace and that they will continue to love and serve Christ. It is also a time to reflect on our own First Holy Communion and Confirmation. May we continue to be God’s witnesses, guided by God’s Spirit, wisdom and understanding.
Yours in Christ,