Advent Word 2018, Day 19 ‘Ablaze 燃燒’

#AdventWord #Ablaze #燃燒


John proclaims the message that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. These words evoke images of the Pentecostal tongues of fire as the Holy Spirit descends upon the followers of Jesus, inspiring them and sending the gospel message into the world. What sets your heart on fire? How are you ablaze with the good news of Jesus? How are you spreading love in the world? Where is the fire in your baptism?


Sunrise on Holy Island, taken at the Lindisfarne Priory ruins, with the castle in the background.  In the top left, a distant aeroplane flies overhead.  In the same year that Aidan came to Holy Island to establish his monastery, 635, so the first recorded Christian missionaries reached China.  Those early travelers took the Gospel on foot and on horseback, taking months to travel distances we can now fly to in a matter of hours.  The power of fire, whether in our engines or in our hearts, has changed the world.  Long may it continue.  Set our hearts ablaze today, O Lord, for you!

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