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The Holy Spirit is a constant power in the world. Present from even before the beginning of time itself, the third person of the Blessed Trinity is active in the Old and New Testament.

Whilst Balaam was in the presence of King Balak who had promised to reward him greatly for calling a curse down upon his enemies, Balaam instead blessed them.

Why? Because the Spirit of God came upon him and spoke through him.

In Luke, we hear that the Holy Spirit was upon a man called Simeon and had revealed to him that he would not die without setting his eyes on the Messiah.

On the day Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple, in accordance with the Law of Moses, Simeon was led by the Spirit to the Temple where, after laying his eyes upon Jesus, he praised God for fulfilling his promise.

The Holy Spirit continues to work in the world today and guides those who have a listening ear, an ear tuned into the word of God.

On a recent trip to Rome, the Deacon who travelled with us was asked to give a short homily at very short notice. He gave a thought provoking and inspired teaching without any time for preparation.

Afterwards he confided in me that he just opened his mouth and the words flowed out! Only the Holy Spirit has such power, if only we would let him take over our lives!

Scripture: Numbers 24:1-25:18; Luke2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14