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Something Is Going On Here!

**... He is the Chosen One of God** (John 1:34).
Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalms 40:2,4,7-10; I Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 1:34


An aging bishop had grown tired of the numerous socials and receptions he was expected to attend. On one such occasion, he entered the reception room wearily and immediately slumped into the nearest easy chair. "A cup of tea, bishop?" the demure hostess asked. "No tea!" growled the bishop. "Coffee, bishop?" "No coffee!" Being an understanding woman, the hostess whispered in the bishop's ear, "Scotch and water?" "Brightening up, the bishop replied, "No water!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, John the Baptist brightens up when he sees Jesus coming toward him along the edge of the River Jordan. "Look there is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world," he cries out (Jn. 1:29). John then offers Jesus, not tea or coffee or anything stronger, but only water, because John is at the river baptizing.

John (who then baptizes Jesus) describes the scene that followed:

I saw the Spirit coming down on Him from heaven like a dove and resting on Him (Jn. 1:32).

Whereupon, he acknowledges his clear recognition of Jesus as the Messiah, saying,

"I have seen and I am the witness that He is the Chosen One of God" (Jn. 1:34).

Sometimes I feel discouraged,
and think my work in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.

These lines, from a familiar "Spiritual," speaks to the condition of us all. There are times when we need to be revived. We need to be renewed, restored, replenished -- recreated, if you will. And we can get excited when we hear the New Testament Christians talking about how it is the Holy Spirit who does this reviving. Indeed some of us may have friends today who are talking about what a change has come over their lives since they "received the Gift of the Holy Spirit," or since they have been "baptized in the Holy Spirit," or "filled with the Holy Spirit."

Some of us may find ourselves wondering, "What is this? ... Who is the Holy Spirit? ... Is this Gift meant for me? ... How do I receive it? ... Is it possible that my soul can be revived and renewed and [...]

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