Scripture to Remember this Week:
"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses…"
- Acts 1:8
During the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit truly comes upon us. Confirmation is our personal Pentecost. The Holy Spirit, in a very real way, joins with and changes your life.
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?” But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. These people are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:’It will come to pass in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” -Acts 2:1-17
So what is Confirmation? Confirmation is not just a right of passage. It is not meant to be a recognition of your adulthood or anything like that. The purpose of Confirmation is nothing like the purpose of a Quinceañera. Confirmation is a sacrament. A sacrament is one of the 7 special ways in which God’s grace becomes truly and fully present in your physical and spiritual reality. Grace literally means God’s actual life within you. That’s pretty powerful. So Confirmation is your acceptance of God living through you. It allows you to more fully be Christ to the world. If you are just doing it for the “right of passage” aspect wait, and do it when you are more serious about taking on a deeper roll in the evangilization of our faith. Confirmation is meant to infuse you with the Holy Spirit to help you spread God’s love just like the Apostle’s at Pentecost.
During your confirmation you are commissioned by God through the Holy Spirit to spread the Word of the Lord. You become Christ’s hands, feet and mouth, in this physical world, in order to evangelize the Gospel message. You are called, sisters and brothers, to live the Love of Christ and to share that Love with all who will hear you. Do you see how much God Loves and trusts you? God has trusted to you personally with the mission of spreading his message to the world. You have been given the most important job that exists on Earth. You have been set above all other people on earth for the specific goal of spreading the message of Christ to someone, it might just be one specific person. Do you have the courage to accept the ministry your God has appointed you to?
As you go about your business this week keep in mind that you are an example of Christ. Some people that you encounter this week may have no other experience of Christianity in their lives except their limited encounter with you. That’s right JUST YOU. You might make or break Christianity for someone this week. Consider this week how God is calling you to minister to the people in your every day life. The mission of evangelization is not won by knocking on peoples doors with a suit, a tie, and a bible. It is won at the lunch table, the bus stop, the locker room, the football stadium, the office, and your Friday evening plans. Your challenge this week is to keep in mind as much as possible the mission God has given you in your everyday life, and your everyday conversations.
God Bless you this week!! I’ll be praying for you :)
Your Brother from a Holy Mother