(Day 3 of Nine days Pentecost fasting and prayer)
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:18
As we continue in our Novena to the Holy Spirit, let us start today’s reflection with a prayer of DAILY CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST: “Most Holy Ghost, receive the consecration that I make of my entire being. From this moment on, come into every area of my life and into each of my actions. Thou art my Light, my Guide, my Strength, and the sole desire of my heart. I abandon myself without reserve to Thy divine action, and I desire to be ever docile to Thine inspirations. O Holy Ghost, transform me, with and through Mary, into another Christ Jesus, for the glory of the Father and the salvation of the world. Amen.” On 15 May, 2013, Pope Francis said, “I would like to ask you a question: how many of you pray to the Holy Spirit every day? Probably few, but we must satisfy this desire of Jesus and pray every day to the Holy Spirit, so that he opens our heart towards Jesus.” Dear friend in Christ, the focus of our reflection today is allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us. Beloved, we need the Holy Spirit to direct our actions and decisions. We need to be obedient to His inspirations; for only a Spirit-led life can be holy and pleasing to the Father. To be led by the Spirit means to be ruled by the Spirit. True liberty is the liberty of the Spirit. The Liberty of the Spirit means obedience to the rules of the Holy Spirit. The very first rule of the Spirit is that the Holy Spirit is beyond all rules. This means that the Spirit blows wherever He wills, that is, the Holy Spirit cannot be predicted and restrain by our laws and mode of thinking. To demonstrate this point, let us recall the event of Acts 10:44-48. In the house of Cornelius when Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit descended on the crowd even before they received the baptism of water. The usual practice is baptism before confirmation, but in this case, the Spirit acted otherwise, and Peter being a man of the Spirit, did not accuse the Holy Spirit of bring confusion and disorganization, but ordered them to be baptized with water, though they have received the Holy Spirit.
Child of God, the Holy Spirit can come to us like a mighty or gentle wind, like a dove or a fire, like a dew or rain, what is important is that we must be opened to the lead and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to blow wherever He wills. So I do not know how the Holy Spirit wills to come to you during this Novena, but in whichever way, we must welcome Him. We may expect Him to come like a mighty wind, but He may decide to come like a gentle wind. We may expect Him to come like dew but He may decide to come like a mighty rain, in whichever form, let us be opened and grateful. Although there are some persons, who are not comfortable with the surprises and wonders which Pentecost brings about, to them St John Paul II urges “Welcome the Holy Spirit with docility with which the Blessed Mary welcomed Him, Always allow yourselves to be surprised by the Spirit; for whenever he intervenes, He leaves people astonished, He brings about events of amazing newness, He radically changes persons and history”. When the Holy Spirit comes, the virtues, charisma and charismata planted in us at Baptism and Confirmation will blossom.
- Begin your prayer with this song: “Holy Spirit thou are welcome in this place (2 times).
- Invite the Holy Spirit to come and abide with you.
- O God, grant me the grace to do what the Holy Spirit likes and abstain from what He dislikes in the name of Jesus.
- Father, incubate me with the fire of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus.
- Fire of Excellence from heaven, begin to burn in every area of my life (mention), in the name of Jesus
- Holy Spirit let me be willing to be the clay in Your hands, ready to be molded as You desire in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Endeavour to spend quality time with Jesus today.
Memory Verse: Romans 8:14