Grace to you and Happy Easter!
Are you gradually settling in the right disposition for the Holy Spirit to come? Recall we said at the beginning, it demands trust, obedience of faith and expectant faith. Our Lord Jesus had promised the Spirit and had asked us, as the Church, to expect His Renewing Presence. That expectation flows from a spirit of piety.
Piety describes a gift that makes a heart aligned all the time to godliness. Such a heart is simple, like that of a child, and sees things from the perspective of God. It is a disposition of holiness. Such a heart is a heart totally in love with God. At the core of piety is love, as strong as death. We do not create this love; the Holy Spirit grants it as well.
Jesus’ long prayer in John 17, called Priestly Prayer of Jesus, shows how much he loved us and has willed that his love will abide with us. “I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them” (jn 17:26).
Don’t you realize that the Holy Spirit is regarded as the Love between God the Father and God the Son? So, when he fills our hearts, we are wrapped in that love, which is beyond all telling.
St. Augustine, quoting Saint Paul, remarked; “The Holy Spirit pours the love of God in our hearts.” The poured love manifests in different ways. It’s on our face, in our hands, our gestures, our worship, our relationships, indeed in our thoughts and actions. Everything expresses that godliness, that love of God. It’s piety. Don’t you need this kind of love and devotion?
Oh Holy Spirit, many times, the things of the world sap me of that constant awareness of God’s presence. I slip. Sadly, I backslide. I become so worldly in my thoughts, words and action that I fail to perceive you, to feel your Holy Hands holding me, your voice speaking to me, and your wings carrying me. I am so engrossed in my will, my control of situations that I elbow you out of the plan.
Holy Spirit, give me that gift of Holy Innocence – the kind from the Holy Face of the Infant Jesus, so that nothing will make me lose sight of your aroma of love ingrained in everything around me.
Vacuum out all the dirt in my spiritual senses so that I can enjoy the pleasant aroma of your presence all about me, as well as abhor the repugnant smell of things that do not give you glory. May my spiritual senses be so pure that sin will be so awful and distasteful. Like nectar, may my aspirations be drawn to those things that give you glory; those things that bring joy, peace and love to your people. Amen
May I also have a deep awe of the Lord knowing that He is God, and I am His creature. May the privilege of His adoption of me in Christ not cause me to disrespect Him, but to respond in pious gratitude. Amen.
Pray: O Holy Spirit, come and make my heart like that of a child – pure, simple, holy for God. Amen
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday, Easter Weekday 7: Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; John 17:20-26]
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