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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

In the beginning, The Spirit hovered over the world
Like a mother hen cooling her egg
On a torrid day.
And the world burst forth.
And God saw that all was good.
 
The Sprit in a burning bush
Spoke to Moses
“Break my people’s chains.”
The Sprit blew the waters of the Red Sea apart
To set a people free.
 
The Sprit empowered the prophets
And overshadowed a Virgin
And spoke to a man from Nazareth
Dripping with baptism water
“You are my beloved Son.
 
The Sprit hovered again
Like a mother hen, cooling the egg
Of the early followers
Locked in a room (a womb?)
To burst forth into life,
And filled them with courage
With faith and hope
With Wisdom and understanding and counsel
 
Hover dear Sprit, the Giver of Life
Over these gifts
Of bread and wine
“Let Your Spirit come upon them
And make them holy,
So that they may become
The Body and Blood of Your Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Hover too over these people gathered
At our parish Mass.
Let your Spirit come upon them
And make them holy.
Make them faith-filled and brave apostles
Empowered, by the hurricane wind of the Spirit
By the consuming fire of God’s Love.
 
Fr. John McKenna, C.Ss.R.