Season of Power

The Season of Power reveals the manifested power given by Christ through the authority of his name and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus ascends to the Father He sends us the Holy Spirit that we might be one with him and the Father.  The signs of believers show God’s power and a conversion of heart.  The readings include the 4th-7th Sundays of Easter, the Ascension and Pentecost.

Outline of Season of Power

Season of the Power reveals the power of the Spirit. 
Life Teen retreat explanation of Mark 16 and signs of the believer
The conditions are “ripe” for the fullness of truth to be revealed. 
The working of the Spirit can be relied upon. 
See the promises and the instruction to act through the Spirit in these passages. 
Speaking the Name of the Lord  evokes the Most Holy Spirit—as baptized Christians we have been given the right and the duty to do so.
Discussion of the Ascension speaks to the “why”:  so Jesus could take his place at the Father’s right hand, so that the Redemptor/Savior might take us into his heart and join us with the Father. 
Space and time is overcome by the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.  It is thus that we know that we are one.
Discussion of the Pentecost, the signs that manifest in the Acts of the Apostles.
Note that through time many people have manifested these gifts to build up the Church and to reform it when that was needed. 
The beauty of the gifts is conversion of hearts. 
The fruit of the Spirit—while being found throughout the Christian’s life—are most greatly manifested when the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit are truly accepted and applied.
All are called to be prophets and accept the Lord’s word into their hearts. 


 References and Resources
Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.   
          
Acts 28 NAB 1 “the island was called Malta.  2 The natives showed us extraordinary hospitality; they lit a fire and welcomed all of us because it had begun to rain and was cold.  3 Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire when a viper, escaping from the heat, fastened on his hand.  4 When the natives saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “This man must certainly be a murderer; though he escaped the sea, Justice has not let him remain alive.”  5 But he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no harm.  6 They were expecting him to swell up or suddenly to fall down dead but, after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.”  Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F., Story available: http://www.dailycatholic.com/issue/nov18key.htm Father John Hampsch Column November 18, 1997, volume 8, no. 33 “High Octane Healing” 

John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine” “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”  John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 “The Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth. He will speak what he hears.” John 20:19-23 Easter evening. “he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them…” 1 John 4:11-16  “God is love” “This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit”Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers Year B 2009 by Mary A. Ehle p196. Copyright 2007.  “The presence of the Spirit in a person who believes confirms that he or she is one with God.”Ephesians 4:1-13  “Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” “”He gave gifts to men”"  “And he gave” apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors & teachers. 1 John 3:18-24 love not just “in word or speech but in deed and truth” “we have confidence in God and receive  from him whatever we ask” because we “believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us.”John 17:11b-19 Jesus prayed, “Father, keep them in your name that you have given me so they may be one” “I protected them in your name that you gave me.” John 16: 7 But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.CCC 662 ”And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it. Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and eternal Covenant, “entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood, for he “always lives to make intercession” for “those who draw near to God through him.” As “high priest of the good things to come” he is the center and the principal actor of the liturgy that honors the Father in heaven. http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/char/abrief.htm      In 1901 at Bethel Bible College, Topeka, Kansas, Agnes Ozman received what she called the baptism of the Spirit and spoke in “tongues.” The practice then became part of the Holiness movement of the church in the United States. In 1906, tongues were spoken on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, and out of these two events in 1901 and 1906 grew the mainline Pentecostal denominations which are still with us today (Assemblies of God, etc.).  [also see references at http://expentecostals.org/history.htm]Pentecost Vigil John 7 “38 Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:  ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’ 39 He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive.”Romans 8:22-27 “Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings”Acts 9:26-31 Saul after conversion returning to Jerusalem reporting his vision & how he spoke boldly in Damascus the name of Jesus. In Jerusalem “spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord” The church “with the consolation of the Holy Spirit” grew.

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Cornelius house; Peter: “God shows no partiality…whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable”  “The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word…speaking in tongues and glorifying God”  Peter “ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ”.

Galatians 5:16-25 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”

1st Corinthians 12: “8 To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according  to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; 10 to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.”

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 “different …gifts but same Spirit” “to each the manifestation of the Spirit is given”

Joel 3:1 “Then afterward I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind.  Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; 2 Even upon the servants and the handmaids, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.” 

1 Corinthians 14:1 “Pursue love, but strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts, above all that you may prophesy.”

Ephesians 1: 17 “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.  18 May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones”

 

 

Readings per Sunday see link for full reading 

 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:8-12 The stone rejected has become the cornerstone. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit said, “it was in the name of Jesus Christ…this man stands before you healed”  There is no other name under heaven “given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

 1 John 3:1-2  love bestowed, “be called the children of God”

 John 10:11-18 “I am the Good Shepherd” “I will lay down my life for the sheep”

 5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:26-31 Saul after conversion returning to Jerusalem reporting his vision & how he spoke boldly in Damascus the name of Jesus. In Jerusalem “spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord” The church “with the consolation of the Holy Spirit” grew .

1 John 3:18-24 love not just “in word or speech but in deed and truth” “we have confidence in God and receive  from him whatever we ask” because we “believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us”  “We know he remains in us from the Spirit”

John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine” “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” 

 6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Cornelius house; Peter: “God shows no partiality…whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable”  “The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word…speaking in tongues and glorifying God”  Peter “ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ”

1 John 4:7-10 “God is love.” Jesus is the revelation of God’s love for us.

John 15:9-17 “If you keep my commandments , you will remain in my love” “I have told you everything I have heard from my Father”  “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you”  “Love one another” 

 Ascension of the Lord
Acts 1:1-11 “You will be baptized by the Holy Spirit” “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” Witness to “the ends of the earth”  “He was lifted up and a cloud took him”  Discusses Easter Pentecost and Ascension.

Ephesians 1:17-23 Blessing. “give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him” may you know the riches of glory. Christ is now “far above every principality, authority, power  and dominion and every name that is named”or
Ephesians 4:1-13 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all”  “Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” “”He gave gifts to men”"  “And he gave” apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors & teachers.

Mark 16:15-20 “signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons” speak new languages, handle serpents, drink deadly without harm, “lay hands on sick and they will recover”

 7th Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26 120 disciples pray and choose Matthias to take the place of Judas.
1 John 4:11-16  “God is love” “This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit”John 17:11b-19 Jesus prayed, “Father, keep them in your name that you have given me so they may be one” “I protected them in your name that you gave me” Your word is truth” “Consecrate them in truth” 

 Pentecost Vigil
Genesis 11:1-9 Tower of Babel
or
Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b “Moses, if you hearken to my voice”
or
Ezekiel 37:1-14 dry bones Ezekiel
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Joel 3:1-5 “sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream, young men visions” a remnant
Romans 8:22-27 “Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings”
John 7:37-39 “Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me…the Spirit”
 

 Pentecost
Acts 2:1-11 “tongues of fire…filed with the Holy Spirit…speak different tongues as the Spirit enabled them”"
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 “different …gifts but same Spirit” “to each the manifestation of the Spirit is given”
orGalatians 5:16-25 Warning about the works of the flesh. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”
John 20:19-23 Easter evening. “he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them…”
orJohn 15:26-27;16:12-15  the Advocate will testify to me.  The Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth. He will speak what he hears.