While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.”
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them. He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
From the ancient Greek philosophers comes the word “pneuma” which means breath of life. Derived from the elements of air and fire, pneuma is the very spirit or soul of the human person. The word today has been used in many different contexts—pneumatic tires for example are filled with air. As Christians the breath of God is the Holy Spirit. Often called “the forgotten God,” it is the Holy Spirit who fills us with courage, consoles us in times of trouble, and puts fire in our bellies! Prior to the Second Vatican Council the Holy Spirit was called “The Holy Ghost” which comes from the Old English word for spirit—“gast”. Each of us is called to be a spirit-fueled Christian, filled with the warmth and fire of the Holy Spirit. To whom will you bring the warmth of the Holy Spirit to today?
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of two, originally from Ireland. She currently serves as Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
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