The HYSSOP Moment 

Holy Spirit Speaking in Our Presence

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I would like to invite you to join me in a weekly reflection to support our Lenten journey to the great Celebration of Easter.  In these isolated times, when every day blends with the next, it can sometimes be hard to focus on the Essential.  Also if you are like me, we approach this time of year with the best of intentions—to slow down, to renew, to pray more, but sometimes shifting gears can be hard.  I have been thinking about some themes these past months, and recently I realized that they align well with our Lenten journey.  I hope they may also trigger the question for you - how is the Holy Spirit speaking to me in these times? 

 

We meet each Friday at noon, for 45 mins via Zoom.  Please complete the registration form and I will send you the Zoom link to join us each week. I love seeing faces, but if you want to listen along that is perfectly fine.  

 

The 2021 topics are:

Feb 19 - Why persevere in prayer?

Feb 26 - We are community 

March 5 - Am I cooperating with God?

March 12 - Dorothy Day and the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy

March 19 - Saint Joseph and his year

March 26 - A disciple - me?

April 2 - My God, My God - why have you forsaken me?

 

Please feel free to invite a friend.  

 

Why HYSSOP?

I love how the Hyssop plant bridges across the Old and the New Testament. It is first mentioned in the Book of Exodus 12:22, where it was used to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificed animal on the door posts as part of the Passover Ceremonial. We see it mentioned again as part of a skin cleansing ritual in Lev. 14.  David referred to it in Psalm 51:7 when he prayed “Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure”. In the New Testament, it appears twice – In Hebrews 9:19 it is mentioned in the context of the ceremonial cleansing of the children of Israel. However, its moment of glory is when it is used to raise a sponge soaked in vinegar to the dying Christ on the cross. In both the Old and New Testaments, it played an important role in sacrifices offered to God, culminating in the greatest sacrifice of all – the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

 

Peace and blessings, 

Therese O’Sullivan

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