Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
My soul can be filled with whatever spirit I open myself to, and wait upon. So many ‘spirits of the air’ are willing to take up residence in my spirit, my body, and my mind – spirits of success, fame, fortune, of selfishness, sloth and security, of pride, avarice, judgement, and etcetera. But as human beings, we are divinely designed to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. Welcoming the Holy Spirit requires that I, like the disciples, wait and pray out of humility and a deep longing to be at one with Christ Jesus and to align myself with his life-giving death and resurrection. Such an amazing outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred when the disciples prayerfully and humbly gathered together in obedience to Jesus’ final instructions. When the Holy Spirit came to them, not only they but ‘everyone in his/her own language’ recognized the burning and purifying words of God’s deeds of power. Will I, like the first followers of Jesus, patiently wait on the Holy Spirit of God? Holy Spirit, come to me.
Lord, send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth... May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104: 30 & 34)
O Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Life rises vibrant out of death;
Come to create, renew, inspire;
Come kindle in our hearts your fire.
John Grant. Based on Veni Creator Spiritus
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.