On Wednesdays I am harkening back to the name of the blog and what I had hoped to do when I started. I find it easier to do the silly stuff about me these days, but at least once a week, I am trying to reflect upon the Gospel in my life through these Hope Echoes posts.
This particular Hope Echoes I will recap part of the talk I gave on Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago on charismatic prayer. I will tell this story in parts.
Charismatic Prayer, Part One
Understanding and explaining charismatic prayer begins with an understanding of the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit has moved through the church from the beginning and continues to move today. The apostles, many of the saints throughout the ages, our priests, bishops, popes and otehr church leaders have all been moved by the Holy Spirit. Over the past 40 years the movement of the Holy Spirit has been most evident with in the charismatic renewal.
As we listen to the readings at church during the Easter season we are called to meditate on those days after Christ died and rose. Think of the disciples who had experienced Jesus in life, witnessed the miracles he performed, listened to his teachings, followed him to his death, saw him risen and still they were hiding out in the upper room and they were still out fishing. What brought about the change in them that led to our church today, that led them to follow his teachings. At his Ascension into heaven, Christ said that he would send them the Holy Spirit. When the disciples were in the upper room on Pentecost a wind blew through and tongues of fire were present over their heads. They were filled with the Holy Spirit at that moment and they were changed.
When the Holy Spirit came upon them they believed. They began finally to follow the great command to cure the sick and raise the dead and preach the Good News to all the ends of the earth. The Holy Spirit in their lives made all the difference. Since Pentecost the Holy Spirit has moved within the community of believers and moved throughout the whole church. We are Pentecost people, or we are nothing. Through the Holy Spirit we can call Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and Master of our lives.
Thus ends part one of charismatic prayer.