On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."
+Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit!
I love the Holy Spirit. I find this Lectio very hard for me to write because I love Him so much--it is hard to stay with a singular point. We will ponder a very simple invitation: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It contains a profound truth: That He is given to us as Gift, Pure Gift of God. He comes humbly and tenderly into our soul to dwell. He is the sweetness and power of love flowing between the Father and the Son. He is the Radiant Light and Love dwelling in our souls. He is the Comforter, the Advocate, the Living Water that quenches our Thirst for Love and our Thirst to Love souls. I love to ponder Him dwelling in me. He is always there within me, my Greatest Company. He is always present, always loving me and flowing His love through me. I love to listen to Him. He moves us and instructs us, but His voice is very subtle, His prompts can easily be missed, or dismissed. To hear Him takes the discipline of silencing the inordinate affections and attachments which get in the way of hearing His sweet voice. It takes discipline to silence the passions out of Love, in order to Love. Yet, the more we grow in Sanctifying Grace- God’s life in us-the greater is our Joy and this Joy is real. The more we die to self and allow the life of the Spirit in our soul, the more fully we become who we are meant to be in God’s plan.
There is a beautiful book written by Archbishop Louis Martinez, Worshiping a Hidden God. In it there is a passage that is very powerful to ponder: “Very often a disordered affection/attachment can continue to grow side by side with the love of God. Then it is a species of parasite that prevents the Love of God from developing in all its fullness, and in all its Glory. God desires an undivided heart. The only obstacle to Love-to Him dwelling in us, is some other love. Love is exclusive.”
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Living Water, Come Holy Spirit Draw me deeper, Come Holy Spirit, Consuming Fire of Love, Come Holy Spirit, I am Thirsting for you.
“God cannot fill what is already full, He can only fill an empty heart, a heart that is poor in spirit” (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta)