Tag, you’re it! … Wednesday, February 20

Jerusalem

Jerusalem (Photo credit: swallroth)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Decent of the Holy Spirit. “Now there were staying at Jerusalem devout Jews from every nation under heaven.” Acts 2:5. God poured out His spirit upon the Church. Why? Because we need guidance, because we need to be kept safe from error, because we need to be defended against Satan, because we often need to be protected from ourselves, and we could add dozens more reasons. The Church wouldn’t be functional without the Holy Spirit and it probably wouldn’t still be here. But there’s another good reason, one that takes us out of the Church and, we’ll hope, out of ourselves. There were devout Jews staying in Jerusalem. The world, despite how it may look at times, is still filled with devout people. There are devout Buddhists, Moslems, Hindus, Bahai, Sikhs, Jainists and more. They’re mislead in much of  what they’ve come to believe but often as not it isn’t really their fault because most folks are born into a religion just like they’re born into a culture or country. They are sincerely devout. And without Jesus or His Church. When the Holy Spirit fell upon those 120 people on that Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago He came with those outside the fold in mind and He came for them as well. The first thing that transpired after He came was evangelization. That’s us, the Church, getting out of ourselves. God sees the heart. God saw the devout Jew 2,000 years ago and He sees the sincere Mormon today. And He sees what it is the world and Satan have done to the devout souls living without Christ, outside the Church, regardless the name of their religion. And He is here for them too. Now for the big question. 2,000 years ago it was the Twelve Apostles who told the devout people who were without Christ about Jesus. Who gets to do it today? Answer: Tag, you’re it.

Today … St. Wulfric (d. 1154) was a hermit and miracle worker. Born at Compton Martin, near Bristol, England, he became a priest and was excessively materialistic and worldly. After meeting with a beggar, he underwent a personal conversion and became a hermit at Haselbury. For his remaining years, he devoted himself to rigorous austerities and was known for his miracles and prophecies. While he was never formally canonized, Wulfric was a very popular saint during the Middle Ages, and his tomb was visited by many pilgrims. Proving that you don’t have to be a canonized saint or one of the original twelve to be tagged and used by the Spirit.

Remember … Years ago when you played tag? Remember how you’d run and try either to tag or not be tagged depending on your status in the game? In the game of tag mentioned above? Running isn’t an option. (See the book of Jonah for further information.)

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3 Comments

  1. A good post! I never thought about the reasons of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit which you have given. You know for some reason I never thought of it as a “defense from Satan. This post made me truly think, and I like to do that. Thanks for info on St. Wulfic. God Bles, SR

  2. Well here is your other “s” on Bless:>) SR

    • 🙂 Thank you. And thank you for the “s” too. lol God bless. Have a good day. 🙂


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