Solemnity of Pentecost.

Solemnity of Pentecost.

Receive the Holy Spirit.

The celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit gives us the chance to reflect on just what that means to us. The Gospel tells us of how the Lord, promised an Advocate who will teach us everything. In the first reading we hear what sounds like a powerful wind and experience the tongues of fire resting on the heads of all gathered in the upper room.

Each of us has received the Holy Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation. But every day we need the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us live as Christians. Today’s celebration invites us to ask for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit in our lives, even on a daily basis. The coming of the Holy Spirit is not limited simply to the sacraments, but is a constant and continual gift to the Church.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant/child is listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Jesus said to his disciples ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. (John 14:15-16)

  • Which of the commandments do you struggle with?
  • How does these struggles affect the way you think God sees you?
  • What kind of Advocate do you need at this point in your life?
  • Listen to the Lord speaking to your heart.

 

Monday.

If anyone loves me (s)he will keep my word, and my Father will love him/her, and we shall come to him/her and make our home with him/her. (John 14:23)

  • How do you keep God’s Word in your spiritual life?
  • Reflect on being loved by God.
  • Reflect on God making his home with you?
  • Listen to the Lord who has made his home in your heart.

 

Tuesday.

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. (Romans 8:8-9)

  • What spiritual things are you interested in?
  • How does that interest show itself?
  • Reflect that God repeats that he has made his home in you.
  • Listen to the Lord as he tells you that you are pleasing to him.

 

Wednesday.

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a child of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons/daughters, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ (Romans 8:14-15)

  • Reflect on what it means to be a son/daughter of God?
  • What does bring fear into your life?
  • Spread some moments crying out ‘Abba, Father!’
  • Listen to the Lord who recognises you as his child.

 

Thursday.

You send forth your spirit they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the Lord last for ever! May the Lord rejoice in his works! May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I find my joy in the Lord. (Psalm 103:30-31.34)

  • What needs renewal in your life?
  • Reflect on finding your joy in the Lord.
  • Are your thoughts pleasing to the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord as he rejoices over you.

 

Friday

When Pentecost day came around, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting. (Acts 2:1-2)

  • When have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  • What are the signals that God uses to draw your attention to his presence?
  • What has been your Pentecost day?
  • Listen to the lord who pours out his love on you.

 

Saturday

Something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. (Acts 2:3-4)

  • What are the gifts you have received from the Holy Spirit?
  • Reflect on the fire of the Holy Spirit.
  • What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you want to ask for?
  • Listen to the Lord who speaks to your heart.
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