Day 8 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme
Scripture Reading: Hosea 14:5
“Dewfall is an ancient powerful image of the presence of God. For people in the desert, dew is an important source of water, sometimes the only source. It signifies life. The quiet early hours of the morning are a time when God shows us how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. In those hours, the dew covers the ground and soaks it. Water comes to the ground in various ways, such as rainfall and snowfall which are easily seen, and also dewfall, which is when water covers the ground in the form of dew. Dewfall is a quiet process; it forms silently and gradually. There is something mysterious about dew. You can be outside in the evening when the ground is dry, but go outside in the morning and find it is wet. Unlike rainfall, you do not hear dewfall. You may ask yourself, “Did it rain last night again?” But it was not rainfall; it was dewfall.
In Eucharistic Prayer II, the Priest prays: “You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is true that the Holy Spirit can come like a “mighty wind” with explosions of light, glory, power, and visible miracles. But He also comes to the interior of your heart like the dew: quietly,
gradually, and surprisingly — after a while of friendship with the Holy Spirit, you are soaked with God’s love like dew on the grass. Everything is different. Like a well-nourished tree, you produce the “fruits of the spirit:” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Holy Spirit can come to you anytime, anywhere. It helps to set aside times when you can quiet yourself and simply listen. Listen to Him speaking in the Bible and in the Liturgy. Listen to Him speaking to you through the Priest in Confession. Listen to Him speaking to you in prayer. Listen when receiving Jesus in Holy Communion, and when visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Just being with God is a powerful experience! Let God’s presence touch you, surround you, fill you, and transform you. Let Him speak a language of presence that communicates love directly from His heart to yours; or you can even encounter Him wordlessly. Because He lives in you, let the Holy Spirit make you grow in holiness; this is a great gift He longs to give you. Brethren, in these quiet moments that are full of potential, invite the Holy Spirit to come and gently settle upon you like the dewfall.
Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2.11-12.19-20ab (R.19a); Accl Jn 14:26; Gosp Jn 21:15-19 WEEKDAY OF EASTER St John I, Pope, M. (Opt Mem)
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to have His way in your life, and fill you with His fresh anointing.
2. Pray for spiritual gift and growth individually and as a church, in Jesus name.
3. Take the prayer “Spirit of the Living God”, in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 22).
4. Take the “Pentecost Prayer for Clergies” in DSD.
Exercise: Take the “Litany of the Holy Spirit” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 23).
Meditation: Zechariah 8:12.