(Day 7 of Nine days Pentecost fasting and prayer)
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:14
Holy Spirit, let me be willing to be the clay in Your hands, ready to be molded as You desire, do not allow me to neglect the charisms you have given to me either through Baptism, Confirmation or any other means, help me not to be ashamed or discouraged to use the gifts you have given to me in the name of Jesus-Amen. Fr. Jude O. Mbukanma O.P narrated a story thus “I know a young Dominican brother who was given the gift of ‘speaking in tongues’, while he was reciting the Psalms one morning. The incident was ludicrous for his brothers thought that he had lost his mind and they tried to ‘cool him down’ by pouring cold water on him.” Indeed some gifts may be misunderstood by those in authority or around you, which may discourage you from using it, but the Holy Spirit is saying to you today “DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT THAT IS IN YOU, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.” Gill’s exposition of the Entire Bible said thus “What qualifies men for the work of the ministry is a gift from God: it is not of nature, nor is it mere natural abilities and capacity; nor is it any thing acquired, it is not human learning, or the knowledge of languages, arts, and sciences; nor is it special saving grace; for a man may have all these, and yet not be apt to teach, or fit for the ministry; but it is a peculiar and distinct gift, it is a gift of interpreting the Scriptures, and of dispensing the mysteries of grace to the edification of others; which, when it meets in a man with all the rest before mentioned, makes him very considerable: and this gift is in a man; it is a treasure put into earthen vessels, a good treasure in the heart, out of which a good minister of Christ brings forth many good things, things new and old, both for the delight and profit of men: and this gift is by no means to be neglected; this talent should not be hidden in the earth, or wrapped up in a napkin; it should not lie dormant and useless, but should be stirred up, cultivated, and improved, as it may by reading, meditation, and prayer.” According to St. Cyril of Jerusalem, “The Holy Spirit uses the tongues of one man for wisdom, he illuminates the soul of another by prophecy, to another, he imparts the power of driving out devils, to another the gift of interpreting sacred scriptures, he strengthens the self-control of one man, teaches another the nature of alms giving, another to fast and mortify himself, another to despise the things of the body; he prepares another man for martyrdom.”
Child of God, I don’t know the condition of your spiritual gifts now; are you still using them for the growth of the Church? What have happened to your gift of preaching and gifts of tongues? Do you still utilize your gift of healing? What has happened to your gifts of faith? Do you still see visions and revelation? What has happened to your gifts of love? Are you still pasturing according to the direction of the Holy Spirit? Have you abandoned the gifts which you once zealously exercised for the growth of God’s people? Which of the gifts of the Holy Spirit has become dormant in you? As a leader do you encourage a healthy and free use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which have being deposited by the Holy Spirit in your community? As we wait for the outpouring of the Fire of Pentecost, we must inwardly seek the revival of our spiritual gifts again.
- Sing with us “Holy Ghost do it again, do it again in my life, open my eyes, to see Jesus seated upon thy Throne”
- Act of Contrition.
- Holy Spirit wake me up from any form of spiritual sleep and help me to put on the armour of light in the name of Jesus.
- Let the fire of revival fall upon the church in the name of Jesus.
- Let your wind of revival blow mightily within me in the name of Jesus.
- Take the prayer of the Litany of the Holy Spirit.
Exercise: Share this reflection with others and encourage them to seek earnestly the Holy Spirit.
Memory Verse: Acts 1:8