The whole Lukan nativity is dominated but the Holy Spirit Christology and Pneumatology converge in Jesus who was conceived by the Spirit, inaugurated and empowered for ministry by the Spirit, ministered in the Spirit and finally was raised from the dead and made alive again by the Spirit.
It’s precicsliy in the hub, in that communion with God, that we discover the call to community. It’s remarkable that solitude always calls us to community. In solitude you realise you’re part of a human family and that you want to lift something together.
Jesus spent the night in prayer. That’s a picture of the fact that prayer is not something you always feel. It’s not a voice you always hear with these ears, it’s not always an insight that suddenly comes to you in your little mind. Henri Nouwen
Jesus established the true order for spiritual work. In the spiritual life, the word discipline means ‘the effort to create some space in which God can act”. Henri Nouwen
The call to ‘ministry’ is a subset of the call to be a child of the living God. The New Testament talks about the ‘high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14); it is a ‘holy calling’ (2 Timothy 1:9); and a ‘heavenly calling’ (Hebrews 3:1). Rowland Croucher