“On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse (father of King David), and from his roots, a bud shall blossom.” – the beginning of Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming of Jesus and the fulfillment of the covenant. He then prophesizes that this Jesus will be given the gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and fear of the Lord. These are the same gifts we receive at baptism and the sacrament of confirmation.
Why must they be confirmed? Because gifts are given but not always received and developed. Every time I teach a 9th-grade religious education class, I am reminded of that. Even Jesus had to advance in wisdom and age and favor before God and man (Luke 2:52). Do we stop growing after we receive the sacrament of confirmation? No, our souls must continue growing by feeding them with the Eucharist. By this sacrament, we continue to develop our hearts with this gift of love. As Saint Peter Julian Eymard describes it – as a mother not content with giving birth to her child, but she feeds it, brings it up, and follows it everywhere.
Jesus, in the gospel reading for today from (Luke 10:21-24), says that this revelation is for the childlike; we must continue to be eager to learn like a child and not think that we are learned, that is, have nothing else to learn. “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets (such as Isaiah) and kings (such as David) desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Dear God, you have poured out your spirit upon me. Help me to accept your gifts wholeheartedly, develop them fully, and share them by serving others. May your spirit within me help me become the person you are calling me to be. Make me more like Christ every day and help me spread Christ’s presence wherever I go. Amen. (From the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth)
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