Homily

We often misunderstand the meaning of common words or titles we frequently use. As an example, about 4 years ago Father Frank sent me a little story about 2 young boys and having 5 sons it could be a valid story about any 2 of them. As the story goes:

After a big rainstorm filled all the potholes in the streets and alleys, a young mother watched he two little boys play in the puddle through her kitchen window. The older of the two, a five year old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of his head and shoved his face into the water hole. As the boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother ran into the yard in a panic. "Why on earth did you do that to your little brother?" she asks as she shook the older boy in anger. He said, "We were just playing 'church' mommy, and I was just baptizing him ... in the name of the Father, and the Son and ... in the hole-he-goes."

Another word which I believe we misunderstand is the word "fear" which is included in the seventh gift of the Holy Spirit, "Fear of the Lord." Our English language is very limited. Why would a gift of the Holy Spirit be that we are to be afraid of the Lord? Just like the boy's understand of the Holy Spirit was, "In-the-hole-you-go". The 7th gift of the Holy Spirit is not to be afraid of the Lord but rather to "Have Wonder and Awe of the Lord". That makes quite a difference doesn't it?

In our 1st and 3rd scripture readings today "Church" leaders believe a person had to be "ordained" to be to prophet or a miracle worker and Moses corrected his followers when he said, "are you concerned what this might do to me? I wish the Lord would give his Spirit to all his people so everyone could be a prophet." and Jesus corrected his disciples by telling them, "Don't stop him! ... Anyone who isn't against us is for us."

Today I have the honor to baptize one beautiful little girl, Eliana Lyn Fuller. Baptism includes 2 annointings with oil. The first with the oil of catechumens to give her strength and the 2nd with Chrism, anointing her Priest, Prophet and Queen. That's quite an assignment for a little girl but with God's help and that from her parents she will be great at all three. Just like Aliana each of us was anointed Priest, Prophet and King/Queen at our Baptisms and just like at the time of Moses and Jesus, to be each of them it isn't necessary that we receive the Sacrament of Ordination but only exercise the roles we were given at Baptism.

To satisfy Aliana's, your and my roles as a priest we need to pray, offer sacrifice and misc. other things needed to adore God and even lead other people in prayer and sacrifice, using the talents and capabilities God has given to each of us. To satisfy our roles as prophets we don't need to predict the future but we do need to be an envoy for Jesus/our God, that is, we need to promote Christ's truths and live such a way that will lead other people to follow Jesus. And to be a King/Queen we need to be like God, compassionate, loving and forgiving with all those God has brought into our lives.

So, now that we know that the Holy Spirit isn't "into the hole you go", but rather the Spirit of God and that we have been gifted with the 7th gift of that Holy Spirit providing us with not being frightened of or by God but with Wonder and Awe of God and it isn't necessary to have received the Sacrament of Ordination, we all can be confident that God will provide us with the ability and willingness to be Priest, Prophet and King/Queen in our own unique way.

And if we listen closely in our prayers we will be able to hear Jesus say, "Don't stop them ... they are with me not against me." Who would you rather be with than Jesus?

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