Meditation – 9th June 2019

The Deep End – Gifted communicators
Have you ever watched a TED talk? There are thousands
available to view online. The powerful talks are
generally less than 18 minutes long and cover a huge
range of topics, from science to business to social and
global issues. There are talks in more than 110
languages, and they are used in schools, businesses and
many other settings, to educate, motivate, and open
minds. While the speakers come from a variety of
backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is their
ability to communicate. For every talk I’ve listened to,
the speaker has the audience in the palm of their hand.
They are gifted communicators, with a passion for a
particular subject, and the ability to draw their listeners in.
We often hear that in order to be a good
communicator, we have to learn how to speak another
person’s language. On the day of Pentecost, when the
disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, each of the
people gathered heard them speaking in his or her own
language. The ability to communicate and to be
understood was the first gift they received from the Holy
Spirit. Today, we need the gift of communication more
than ever. There are times when we have the opportunity
to share our faith, or to witness to others in the way we
live our faith. We might feel that we struggle to share our
faith in a way that others can understand. In order to meet
people where they are, we first need to ‘speak their
language’ -to know them, listen to them, and recognise
God’s presence in them. The Spirit that came upon the
early believers is the same Spirit that guides us today.
Tríona Doherty