WELCOME TO SPRED IRELAND
During a Spred Session the Leader will read a short piece of scripture and this is followed by each person receiving a personal message from Jesus. Each week this page will display both a piece of Scripture and a personal message. I invite you to visit this site each week for your own spiritual nourishment.
Today we hear about John the Baptist who tells his followers that there is someone coming soon who is much more important than he is. He is referring to Jesus.
In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand'. This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.
This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.
I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:1-12)
_____, Jesus says to you today,
During Advent, make space to be present to my love.
I once heard a magnificent choir sing a stirring arrangement of Agnus Dei. It could not have been sung with greater brilliance; we all caught our breath as the singers held the last note. The conductor’s hands were in the air almost forming a circle but not quite touching. He continued to hold this position as the last notes became a whisper. Then silence. Still the conductor did not drop his arms. I knew that once he did a thunderous applause would erupt, and the deep experience of the moment would vanish. But he kept his arms in the air - and a great stillness arose. It was alchemy, the music magically transmuted into beauty and power. I sat quietly as an overpowering spaciousness enveloped the room.
In a similar way, Advent is a space in which we are invited to expand and transform our daily lives. Within these days is a call to our sleeping souls to move to greater awareness. Lived with intention, Advent becomes a passage through which the Spirit at the core of life draws closer. Advent is our Agnus Dei, our space, our circle of days. I ask myself, how consciously will I enter this season? With what care will my arms encircle not only the weeks ahead but this very day? (Advent, A Time of Hope, Paula D’Arcy)