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 John, a friend of Jesus, tells us about the time that John the Baptist proclaimed that he saw the Holy Spirit come down on Jesus and that Jesus is the Chosen One of God..
Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.” John also declared, “I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.” (John 1:29-34)
_____, Jesus says to you today,
I baptise you with the Holy Spirit
Father, breathe your Spirit
upon your people who do your work.
Grace us, we pray, with
a new sense of your mystery,
a new experience of your presence,
a new commitment to your gospel,
a new dedication to your kingdom.
May your Spirit be our inspiration
and may our work contribute to
the coming of your reign.
(Prayer Reflections for Group Meetings, Donal Harrington)