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Sunday, January 15, 2023

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2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
John 1:29-34

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baptized in the spirit

“It is He Who is to baptize with the Holy Spirit.” —John 1:33

Many people talk about being “baptized in the Spirit.” By this, they usually mean having a renewal of their life in the Spirit. However, the Bible considers being baptized in the Spirit to be the same as being baptized, and not a renewal of life in the Spirit. Thus, many people use the phrase, “baptized in the Spirit,” in an un-Biblical way.

Although these people are wrongly using biblical terminology, they are “correct” pastorally. We have a great need to renew our being baptized in the Spirit. Through sin and selfishness, many baptized people have stifled (1 Thes 5:19) and saddened the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30). If we are to live the Christian life as the Lord intended it to be lived, we must stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit (2 Tm 1:6-7).

Today’s Scriptural readings invite us to renew our life in the Spirit. Look at Jesus, the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29). Let Him free you as He freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Let Him take away your sins and the sins of the world (Jn 1:29). “Follow the Lamb wherever He goes”; be pure and uncompromising with the ways of the world (see Rv 14:4). Receive a renewal of being baptized in the Spirit today.

Prayer:  Father, may I want the Spirit as much as I want to breathe. Revive the graces of my Baptism and Confirmation.

Promise:  “I will make you a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” —Is 49:6

Praise:  “I will proclaim Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You” (Ps 22:23). Risen Jesus, You are worthy of our praise.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Power in the Spirit, listen to, download or order our CD 64-1 or DVD 64 on our website.)

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