The HYSSOP Moment
Holy Spirit Speaking in Our Presence
He is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you in this challenging time? In these weeks of waiting for the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, I am thinking about the early Church as we focus on the Acts of the Apostles each day in our daily readings. In these days of isolation, our homes are mirroring the early church. The early Christians prayed in small groups, broke bread and waited for the promise of Christ. We too are in small groups, sharing meals and waiting.
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I would like to invite you to join me each week to reflect on how the Holy Spirit is speaking to us at this time and what He is asking of us as His Church. Our format will be listening to the daily reading of the church, followed by a short Lectio Divina. Please provide me with your email address by filling out the form below and I will send out a recording and a link to the reading. All I ask is that you pause and allow the Holy Spirit to rest on you. We will focus on the Acts of the Apostles. Every Wednesday at noon we will have a zoom call, starting May 6th, to share how the Holy Spirit spoke to us in the readings, or any other way that He might have touched us to guide and enrich our lives and our Church. Should you choose to you may also use our chat feature, in between our weekly calls, to write how He spoke to you.
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.
Please join me so that we can journey together and support each other through this challenging time.
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