In the Spirit
I will spend the day attentive to the Holy Spirit
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Lord Jesus Christ, I long to abide in your presence. You refresh my soul and fill
me with your light, although I don’t turn to you often enough or exercise enough faith when I do
remember you. But here I am now, Lord, ready to spend a few precious moments with you in the room of
my heart. I want to pick up more readily on the inspirations of your Spirit. I want to be a docile
instrument in your hands to serve you and your Church.
teach me to be open to your Spirit.
1. Simeon, a Man of the Spirit:
tells us three times in this short passage that Simeon was a man who was attentive to the Holy
Spirit. The “Holy Spirit was upon him” since “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he
should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.” Simeon was in conversation with
the Spirit and learned to listen to his holy inspirations. Just as in Christ’s life we see him many
times moved by the Spirit—for example, to come to be baptized by John and subsequently to be “driven
by the Spirit” into the desert—so in Simeon’s life, he is not only inspired, but also powerfully
moved by the Spirit. We should take a moment in our meditation to admire this man who lent himself
totally to the movements of the Spirit.
2. Mary, Overshadowed by the Spirit:
is no one who demonstrates docility to the Spirit more than Mary Immaculate. She didn’t put up
any obstacles to the work of the Holy Spirit; as the Spirit expresses to us through the Gospel
writer, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you”
(Luke 1:35). As John Paul II describes it, Mary “responded with faithful obedience to every request
of God, to every motion of the Holy Spirit.” As she stands here at the presentation of her firstborn
son, she now hears words spoken to her through the Spirit’s instrument: “Behold, this child is
destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and
you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Once more,
Mary acquiesces to the Holy Spirit and accepts the foretold suffering far in advance.
Amazed by the Spirit:
All of us have heard incredible stories of moments in which the Holy
Spirit clearly intervened or directed a situation. Maybe we have experienced this in our own
lives. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t? Are there any obstacles that the Holy Spirit would
find in our lives? He should be the soul’s gentle guest. But how do we foster this friendship with
the Holy Spirit? We have to bring silence into our hearts so as to distinguish his voice from
the noise of so many worldly voices trying to drown out his word, and it also means we have to be
docile and obedient once we have heard it.
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, there are so many lessons to be learned from
your presentation in the Temple. I have
taken one of them:
the presence of your Holy Spirit so evident in this Gospel
the Christmas season we celebrate your being
among us as a tiny child. Yet, your whole life will
show us how
to be docile to the Holy Spirit. You have sent him so that we
might not be
alone. May he always accompany me in life,
and may he always remind me of the many things you
and said, as you lead me to the Father’s house.
spend the day attentive to the Holy Spirit and make this a particular point for my examination of
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