I’m reminded how long ago, as a college student, I was walking with a priest friend and asked if he could hear my Confession. He obliged, and I have never forgotten the experience, realizing in real-time, that the Holy Spirit was at work as we walked along the Charles River in Boston.
"Go in peace; your sins are forgiven.” Those are the words of consolation and encouragement for so many people. Many, even in ordinary times, struggle to come to receive God’s healing and strengthening grace in this sacrament. And now, how some are unable to hear due to quarantine restrictions.
The same Holy Spirit that sent forth Barnabas and Saul to proclaim the Word of God in the first reading today is the same Holy Spirit at work in each of us today. But to receive this grace, we have to be willing to believe … we have to have faith.
For Barnabas and Saul, it was the ability to proclaim the Word of God in the Jewish synagogues. So, what is it that you need the Holy Spirit to help you with today? Is it patience, compassion, hopefulness, or something else? What does your family need most today as well?
The good news is that the Holy Spirit is alive and as active as in the days of Barnabas and Saul, ready to send us to someone who needs a reason to believe that faith in God keeps us going.
May God bless you and your families this holy day! Come, Holy Spirit!
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About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!