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This Sunday's Exposition
Jesus clearly states in this Gospel that with the gift of the Spirit we are to be his witnesses. If you are like me you would feel uncomfortable with this. All of us have experienced the ‘ranters’ – those who shove their views into the faces of anyone listening - not a good look for Christianity. But it can be done differently.
A few years ago, the former Bishop of Rockhampton Brian Heenan, made a Youtube clip of “What Jesus means to me”, as part of that diocese’s programme for the Year of Grace. In it, he simply recounts how the person of Jesus captivated him as a child and how his relationship with Jesus has led him through his life. Simple, yet powerful, because he comes across as a calm person yet when we realise that being a bishop today is no easy task we have to ask – who is the source of grace?
At our parish, I once heard Sr Patricia Drum, of the Verbum Dei sisters, speak of her missionary work, especially in Mexico, where the violence from the drug wars is part of life. She also spoke of other challenges. But what came across was a radiant happiness. We were so entranced, you could hear people listening. Again, we were led to ask, who is the source of grace?
Two different witnesses, two different forums, two different experiences. Our own lives would be just as different again. What we have to ask ourselves is: ‘Is there any part of my life what would led people to wonder, who is the source of grace?’