“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice [the gift of wisdom];

to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.

The same Spirit gives great faith to another,

and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.

He gives one person the power to perform miracles,

and another the ability to prophesy.

He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit.

Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages [the gift of tongues],

while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.

It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts.

He alone decides which gift each person should have.

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– 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

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REFLECTION…

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As we grow in faith in the Holy Spirit in us,

we begin to experience Him working in us in new ways so that we can serve others.

He will equip us with spiritual gifts,

gifts which will give us a new power to do His work.

The diversity of gifts and graces is as important as their basic unity,

because all have the same divine origin and the same purpose – the common good (“so we can help each other”).

By distributing various kinds of spiritual gifts and ministries,

the Holy Spirit enriches the Church of Jesus Christ with different functions

and equips us, the faithful, for the work of service to build up the body of Christ.

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PRAYER…

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My Lord, my Jesus, thank You for sending us the Spirit of Truth.

Thank You for equipping me with all I need to get to know You better.

Give me the grace to accept the gifts of Your Spirit with thankfulness and humility, that I may do Your work;

that I may be a small light in the community;

that I may place You first

and be strengthened to be a witness to others according to Your will.

Amen.

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