Last week, I had the opportunity to concelebrate the liturgy for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation. A family member had a son who was being confirmed and I was invited to be a concelebrant at the Mass. At first, I wondered how I was going to “fit” this celebration into a crowded calendar, but after some maneuvering, I managed to find the time needed for this momentous Christian initiation liturgy.
I was a very inspirational event for me, perhaps one intended for me by the Lord as this time during the Lenten season. As I sat in the sanctuary and looked out at the faces of those being confirmed, I was touched by the integrity and devotion of the young adults being confirmed. There was no lack of “being totally involved” in this Kairos moment in their lives. The enthusiasm with which they “dialogued” with the Bishop and the solemnity with which they approached the bishop to be confirmed, inspired my own commitment to the Lord’s service and gave me great hope for the future of the Christian community.
I was reminded of St. Augustine’s famous quote about “our hearts are made for You, O Lord, and they will not rest until they rest in You”. The Confirmandi exhibited a vitality in their expression of their faith commitment that touched my heart and my soul. It stirred my heart as I watched them receive the Holy Spirit into their hearts in the very sacramental grace of the moment. I was renewed and recalled to mind that invocation of the Holy Spirit where we pray, invoking the Spirit to come and renew the face of the earth. Certainly, the change that I saw on the faces of the children confirmed, “confirmed” in me the special presence of the Spirit at that moment and inspired me to invite the Spirit into my heart that afternoon in a special way that renewed my own heart and soul. I was very thankful for the grace to be part of this very special afternoon Confirmation liturgy.