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Preparing for my house guest

Preparing for my house guest

Last week, I found myself tidying and cleaning the house from top to bottom prior to the arrival of my parents-in-law.  I know I’m not alone in making these preparations for guests, and rightly so.  St Benedict’s Rule states,let all guests who arrive be received as Christ, because He will say: “I was a stranger and you took Me in” (Mt 25:35)… let Christ be adored in them as He is also received’ (ch53).  

Those preparations came to mind as I read this excerpt from this Sunday’s Gospel:

If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him

and make our home with him’. 

We are in the thick of the Novena to the Holy Spirit at the moment.  We are praying daily, ‘Come Holy Spirit’.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will cleanse us, refresh us, heal us, soften and warm our harsh, cold hearts and straighten out in us that which has turned away from the True path.

If we really mean these words – if we ardently desire the Holy Spirit to dwell in us – then we need to look carefully at our lives, asking ‘what is it that needs to be cleansed?  Which parts of my life are like a parched land, needing to be quenched?  What needs to be healed?  What is it that makes my heart rigid and cold?  What do I need to abandon in order to return to the True path?’

In these remaining days of preparation before Pentecost, let us look honestly at our interior homes and see the state into which we are inviting the Trinity.  If we put a fair amount of effort into welcoming the image and likeness of God into our homes, how much more effort should we make into welcoming the Holy Spirit Himself?


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