Grace to you, and Happy Easter!
I welcome you to Day 2 of our Pentecost Novena. I hope you spent some time dusting your 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 prophecy 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 every day 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.
You are deeper than anything one could fully understand. Nevertheless, you alone can satisfy my yearnings.
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 be equipped with the gift of knowledge. I believe you want me to know. Such knowledge will help me make informed decisions and choices for your glory and the service of my neighbor.
Oh, 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 the 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
[Saturday after Ascension: Acts 18:23-28; Jn 16:23-28]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.