Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Reflection for May 19, Pentecost Sunday: John 20:19-23

My Reflection:
An old man was wondering how he will have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life. He was often murmuring to himself, “I’m already old yet I don’t feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.” This old man is not alone in this predicament because many of us have no awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

What is the secret for us to become aware that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in our lives? The secret to unleash the presence of the Holy Spirit is a prayerful life. Not an intermittent prayer life but a life disposed to daily prayer. Perhaps we can allocate five to ten minutes everyday for prayers and meditations. Then slowly but surely the Holy Spirit will manifest its presence within us.   

In our first reading we read about the disciples and the Blessed Mother who were together  in one place. What were they doing there? They were praying until God the Holy Spirit blessed them with its indwelling presence in their lives.

The same occurrence happened in our gospel. The disciples were in one room because of their fear of the Jews and they were praying to Jesus. Then suddenly Jesus appeared to them. He greeted them with peace; afterwards He breathed on them and gave them the  presence of the Holy Spirit.

If we want to have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit there’s no other way for us to do but to have a regular prayerful life.  Let us strongly pray for it so that we will be blessed by its presence and gifts such as: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude/Courage, knowledge and Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).  

Do we already feel the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

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