Grace to you and Happy Easter!
I welcome you to Day 2 of our Pentecost Novena. I hope you spent some time dusting the heart of some of those worries that distract from focusing on this special gift of God to us—the Holy Spirit.
Yesterday, we learned how to be open to Jesus Christ. Simply trust him. He is the giver of the gifts. He is not going to force us. He needs us to generously open our hearts so the fountain of His generosity, His promised gift, the Holy Spirit, will fill our thirsty souls.
Consider who the Holy Spirit is and what the Gift means for us. In the prophesy of Isaiah 11:1-3, we hear of the seven traditional gifts of the Holy Spirit – wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and awe of the Lord.
If you meditated on the poem Veni Creator Spiritus, which I recommended we pray yesterday (and everyday as this novena evolves), you would have asked for these gifts. These gifts mean so much in our spiritual life and desiring them is a way to go during this novena. We pray today specifically for knowledge.
O Holy Spirit! A friend like no one else, the counselor and the consoler, I turn to you because I acknowledge I don’t know much. Yes, I have read a lot about you, the Father and the Son. I have been through many classes of religious formation to know more about God and deepen my faith. Yet, I still don’t seem to connect the dots.
In fact, I feel that my brain, mind and intellect are like a filter. I get excited at some information and then, a few steps away, they seem gone like the wind. I need to know, to know more, because I believe you want me to know. Such knowledge will help me to make informed decisions and choices for God’s glory and service of my neighbor.
O Holy Spirit! This knowledge of yours, from you and for you, will help me too in my life in society, shining the light for everyone to see.
Pray: Come Holy Spirit. Fill my heart with knowledge of you, the Father and the Spirit. Let me know as I am known. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
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Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.