Jesus asked Simon Peter: ” Do you love me? If you do, then follow me and feed my sheep.” And He blessed him with a deep experience of His mercy and love. “Lord, You know that I love you! Teach me how to receive your mercy and love and more.” (THE WORD AMONG US)
As I read and meditated on the Gospel reading in today’s Mass, John 17:20-26, I was struck by the thought that these are very sacred and precious words. Jesus prayed that we would be one with Him as He is one with the Father, and be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that the Father sent Him. Thank You, Jesus.
COME, HOLY SPIRIT! We continue to prepare for the Feast of Pentecost. Come, cleanse our hearts and give us Your power and your gifts. We need You Holy Spirit.
During these days between the Asension of Our Lord and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, we prepare for that feast by crying out, “COME, HOLY SPIRIT!” By His passion and death Jesus has merited the Holy Spirit for all mankind and He wants to diffuse Him more and more in our lives and lead us to holiness. Lord, may Your Holy Spirit direct my life and make me holy.
“…remember that the Holy Spirit—the third Person of the Bleessed Trinity–lives in you. Remember that he delights in doing “far more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Think too about all the grace and power he offers your every single time you take Communion. So go ahead and ask him for more of his life in you. Ask him to give you a new insight into the Scrriptures. Ask him to help you not only overcome sin but become a saint. Ask him to make you extra confident in your position as a child of God. Ask him to give you a joy that overflows and touches everyone you meet. Ask, and ask. He loves you. He has good gifts waiting for you. Holy Spiri, I do want more! Help me to open my heart to receive all of your gifts.” (THE WORD AMONG US meditation)
God speaks to us in many different ways. We don’t know when or how He will speak to us. It may be through a homily or a hymn we sing at Mass. It may be through something we read or a billboard we see on the road. It may echo softly in our thoughts or be a powerful stirring in our hearts. Whatever it is, one thing is very certain HE WILL SPEAK! Help me to be alert, Jesus, and listen to what You say next. Open my eyes and ears and heart to hear what you are saying to me.
Our meditation today is on Lydia’s response to God’s word as we read it in Acts 16. She didn’t just listen to it, she RESPONDED to it! God wants us to experience converseion throughout our lives. He wants transformation to keep on happening. “…there are always areas in our lives that need a greater shift toward the direction of Jesus.” ” Whenever we sense Jesus calling us to make a change in how we think or act, we can be sure He is offering us grace so that we can to take his words deeper into our hearts and respond.” (Quotes aree ftom THE WORD AMOND US)