Second Sunday of Advent
December 5, 2010
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
God is making a promise to us today through John the Baptist:
Someone is coming bearing a fire for spirits that are chilled by
boredom, routine and cynicism. John also promises the Holy Spirit for
spirits bloated with excess and in need of a renewed spirit.
These are gifts we cannot buy for ourselves, but this Advent
God wants to give them to those who ask for —
a purifying fire and the renewing Spirit.
Am I praying to the Holy Spirit to come into my life this Advent?
Which gift of the Holy Spirit do I desire most this Advent?
What part of our lives needs a renewing and warming gift of divine fire?