Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today's first reading is all about the Holy Spirit:
“If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.”
As Christians, we believe when we pray to one part of the Trinity, we are praying to all three parts; our one God. However, there is reason to pray to the different parts of the Trinity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the 'consubstantial Trinity'" (CCC 253). It goes on to emphasize that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit really are distinct divine persons, not just different names for God.
One of the results of this truth is that we can have a unique relationship with each person of the Trinity. In my own spiritual life, I have a relationship in prayer both with God the Father and with Jesus, but I do not often speak to the Holy Spirit in prayer.
Pope Francis states, “The Holy Spirit gives us joy. He is the author and creator of joy.” I think I would experience a greater joy if I allowed the Holy Spirit a greater role in my daily life. Take the book of the Acts of the Apostles for instance. The early Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit—and they lived lives that were filled with miracles, conversions, and joy!
I am going to start inviting the Holy Spirit into my day each morning (with the help of a reminder on my phone). I am hopeful that it will bring greater joy and connection to God in my life.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What is my relationship with the Holy Spirit like at this point in my life?
Which one of the fruits of the Spirit do I find most present in my life? Which one do I need to grow in?
How can I make the Holy Spirit a greater part of my every day life?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Lord, send your Holy Spirit upon us this day."
"Holy Spirit, enlighten our hearts and our minds."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Pray with the Holy Spirit today. It can be as simple as repeating the words "Come Holy Spirit."
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