Father Stefan reflect on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ We are all missionary disciples

Pope Francis writes, “In all the baptized, from the first to last, the sanctifying power of the Spirit is at work, impelling us to evangelization. The people of God is holy thanks to this anointing.” 

Cantalamessa in his book, ‘The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus’ writes, ” The Church is therefore lead by the Spirit of  Christ. Furthermore, in a certain sense, the Church is brought about by sharing in Christ’s anointing; in other words, we are ‘Christ Body’ that is, the Church, because we are animated by the Spirit of Christ: ‘Not only has our Head been anointed’, says St Augustine, ‘but we ourselves too, who are his body….We are all the body of Christ because we share in the anointing and, in him, we are all Christ’s and Christ, since in a certain way the whole Christ consists in both head and body.’ We are a ‘messianic people’ , as Vatican II says, because we are an anointed people  consecrated with the Spirit.”

We read in Luke Gospel, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to  preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”(LK 4:16-19)

Say this prayer with me, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, ‘insert your name’ because he has anointed me, ‘insert your name’ to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me, ‘insert your name’  to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of the sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

When a baby is baptized the priest or deacon says these words, “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He has anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life.”

You are anointed. Walk in the Anointing. 

 

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