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Come, Holy Spirit!

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Come, Holy Spirit!

Today we imitate the Apostles by entering into that great period of waiting prayerfully for the Holy Spirit.  This is the original novena, commanded by Christ when he instructed his Apostles to wait in Jerusalem for what the Father had promised.  ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’  

These nine days provide us with a beautiful opportunity to reflect upon the position we give to the Holy Spirit in our lives and to become more attentive to those gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us through our Confirmation.

Isaiah lists the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as he foretells the coming of the Messiah from the stock of Jesse: ‘And the Spirit of the Lord shall abide upon him: the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and courage, the Spirit of knowledge and of reverence; and the Spirit of awe towards the Lord shall fill him.‘  When we were confirmed, these gifts were bestowed on us  like little seeds planted in the soil.  When we look now at the state of these gifts within us, we no doubt find that some have grown into strong, strapping gifts, producing fruit in due season.  Others might more closely resemble lanky seedlings in desperate need of a larger pot, more light, less competition or more water.

It is possible, too, that we look and fail to see one of these gifts in us.  ‘Wisdom?’ we might say, ‘Where is there wisdom in me?’  Well, perhaps ‘in me’ is the wrong phrase, for it is God’s Wisdom that we are given and so this gift of wisdom is developed through prayerfully conforming our minds and wills to God’s.  We try to learn to see as God sees; to discern always what is truly important and then to act accordingly.  This little seedling, like all the others, needs to be nurtured if we are to produce any true leaves, let alone fruit!

In these nine days of prayer, let us take time to thank the Holy Spirit for the gifts we have received and for the fruit produced through our co-operation.  Let us take time to reflect on the state of each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives and pray that we may develop those gifts so that through us, the Holy Spirit will renew the face of the earth.

Come Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who  taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations.

Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

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