Grace to you and Happy Easter!
I welcome you to Day 4 of the Novena to the Holy Spirit. On this particular day of grace, let's ask the Lord Jesus Christ to gift us with wisdom.
Oh, Holy Spirit, I know you are the giver of wisdom. I know the Son is Divine Logos—Divine Wisdom, the one who was with the Father even before the world was made (see Proverbs 8:22). I need the gift of wisdom.
I must confess that I can't fully comprehend the depth of your revelation. I am working towards it, thanks to your gift of understanding. I need the wisdom to deepen my knowledge and understanding, especially in setting the right priorities.
Our world is becoming more and more complicated. For you, I know it isn't, because, with wisdom, nothing is complicated. But for me, there are so many things going on around me—bills, workload, anxiety, domestic problems, the fast pace of things, no thanks to an instant gratification culture. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed. The mound of information that I have to deal with is making life too cumbersome. The complicated world of technology, computers, complex economic system, weird world of entertainment, wants, demands, and supply add to the load. All these and many more are sometimes overwhelming. They contribute to making it more challenging to prioritize.
How can I see things in their right perspectives without you? Looking from your Seat of Wisdom, I know these things look to you like a few lines, and you see how they are connected. You know the chaff and the substance, and you know how to separate the two. The opposite is my pitiable state; I don't always discern the difference.
Often, because I do not know the difference, I pursue the shadow. In the end, I waste my precious time in things that are not relevant while the relevant I skip.
I need your wisdom to see things as they should be seen. I need the wisdom to observe things as they should be observed. It will help me to place all the noisy, clashing worldly interests and cares—fame, money, enjoyment, everything—in their right perspectives.
It’s your wisdom that can reconnect me with the innocence that was destroyed by Original Sin. May I receive that grace of wisdom, so my heart, reconfigured to the Son Jesus Christ, can see with purity how God sees.
Your wisdom is the power of common sense. Many times I seem not to understand what that means anymore. I need more common sense, to make sense of the world around me.
Also, wisdom will help me know the other gifts you have given me and understand why and how you want them to be used. I simply want to do your will.
Pray: With the Church, I pray, "Lord, let your wisdom be with me to help me and to work with me." Amen
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
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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.