Grace to you!
On this Day 3 of the Novena to the Holy Spirit, we ask for the grace of understanding.
Faith seeking understanding is a famous saying. Understanding doesn’t come that easy, not simply by our handwork alone but by the grace of the Holy Spirit. He opens our minds, our intellect so we can penetrate the revealed truths about God and about things in the world. The gift of understanding makes simple and clearer, indeed, relational what is complex. Don’t we need that gift as to see better the path God has set for us in our relationship with Him?
Likewise, we need the gift of understanding to make right decisions so as to know what is important and what isn’t. Better understanding of what the world is helps living peacefully and happily in the world.
Similarity, the gift of understanding helps us to have a healthy relationship with one another, especially those who are difficult to relate with. Empathy grows from the gift of understanding. How much we need this gift today.
As I ask to know you Lord Jesus more, I also ask to understand what I know. To understand things that I should so as to make better judgment of things, events, news and of the world around me.
Oh Holy Spirit, many times I read the word of the Son in Scripture and I don’t seem to understand. Many times I read holy and spiritual books from your saints and they seem over my head. Is it because of my poor education or lack of ability to understand the words? How about gifting me with the same gift you gave to people like St. John Mary Vianney, who hardly passed his exams, yet you made him understand your word and other’s words in a profound way.
Holy Spirit, permit me to make one more request. How about blessing me too with one other gift, charisma, connected with the gifts of knowledge and understanding? I mean those charisms that will deepen my knowledge and understanding in order for me to be of more service for your people and the Church. I need your word of knowledge, your word of understanding.
I desire that the gifts you give will be for service and not for my self-interest. I believe that when your gifts, Oh Holy Spirit, are used well, God’s kingdom on earth is promoted and His name is glorified. The fruits you give will flourish in my life as well.
Pray: Oh Holy Spirit, open my mind to understand your revelations and my place in the plan so I may glorify the Trinity by my words and my deeds. Amen
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God love you. God bless you.
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.