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Stuck In The Mud?

He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'
John 20:19-23

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Pentecost Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:22


A seminary student rose to preach his first sermon. He began, saying, "The title of my sermon is, 'Man, God, The Universe and Related Subjects.'" Given time and additional life experience, that student probably learned to lower his sights a bit in his future sermons. And yet, pretentious as it may sound, "Man, God, The Universe and Related Subjects" is really an appropriate title for one's sermon on the awesome subject of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit has been given to man. The Holy Spirit permeates the Universe and even the related subjects. Nothing under the sun exists apart from the reality of the Presence of the Spirit of God.

A shipping company had advertised a job opening for a ship's radio operator and the outer office was crowded with applicants for the position. They were waiting to be called in turn, and were talking to each other loud enough to be heard over the sound of a nearby loudspeaker. Another applicant entered, filled out an application and sat quietly by himself for a few moments. Suddenly, he arose and walked into the office marked "private." A few minutes later, he came out wearing a broad grin: he had been hired. A man in the waiting group protested. "Look here," he said, "we were here first, why did you go in there before us?" The successful applicant replied, "Anyone of you could have landed the job, but none of you were listening to the Morse Code signals coming over the loudspeaker. The message was, "We desire to fill this position with someone who is constantly alert. If you are getting this message, come into the private office immediately."

The Gospel writers implore us, over and over again -- not in code but in clear and direct language -- to listen deep within ourselves for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Only if we are constantly alert to the reality of the Spirit of God within us can we deepen the level of our faith and enter into ever closer union with God. Are we [...]

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