“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 16:15

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus said, “The Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”

– John 16:15

 

REFLECTION…

Have I gladly opened my heart to the Holy Spirit, and allowed Him in to take over and work in my heart? If I pray with yearning for the Holy Spirit to come and fill me over and over again, He will lead me to the Truth; will teach me the Truth…and I will more than relish it and savour it. The power of knowing the Truth fills the heart with faith and hope and full trust in the Lord – who is the Truth!

When I allow the Spirit into every hidden and dark corner of my heart, He will help me recognise the truth about myself, unpalatable as it may be. He will bring me to humbly acknowledge my weaknesses, and fill me with a determination to overcome them.

The more we pray for the Holy Spirit, and the more we depend upon Him, the more we shall find ourselves choosing God above all else. The more we allow the Spirit to work in us, the closer we shall get to the Truth, and understand the value of Christ’s salvation and of the significance of the Redeemer Himself…and our love for Him shall know no bounds.

 

PRAYER…

Holy Spirit, enter my heart.

Consuming fire, have mercy on me.

 

Come

Spirit of love and truth;

Spirit of wisdom and understanding;

Spirit of counsel and fortitude;

Spirit of knowledge and piety;

Spirit of the fear of the Lord;

Spirit of grace and prayer;

Spirit of peace and meekness;

Spirit of modesty and innocence.

 

Come O Divine Comforter and Sanctifier,

fill me with a revulsion for sin;

renew me;

shed Your light in my soul;

engrave Your law in my heart;

inflame me with the flame of Your love.

 

Come Holy Spirit,

open to me the treasures of Your graces;

teach me to pray well;

enlighten me;

lead me in the way of salvation;

fill me with the only necessary Knowledge;

inspire in me the practice of good;

make me persevere in justice and truth.

 

Come Holy Spirit, be my Guide.

 

[Today’s prayer is inspired by “The Litany to the Holy Spirit”, a personal prayer, author unknown]

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – cf. John 16:7,13

TODAY’S WORD…

“I will send you the Spirit of Truth,” says the Lord; “He will guide you into all the truth.”

– cf. John 16:7,13

 

REFLECTION…

It is the Holy Spirit who makes fully understood the truth revealed by Christ. When we gladly receive the Holy Spirit, He will guide us unto all truth ;He will give us light to enable us to discover the depth and richness of everything we have read and heard about Jesus.

 

QUOTES…

“And so the Holy Spirit did teach them and remind them: He taught them what Christ had not said because they could not take it in, and He reminded them of what the Lord had taught and which, either because of the obscurity of the things or because of the dullness of their minds, they had not been able to retain”   – Theophylact

 

Our Lord “completed and perfected Revelation and confirmed it…finally by sending the Spirit of Truth”    – Vatican II “Dei Verbum”, 4.

 

“Christ has not left His followers without guidance in the task of understanding and living the Gospel. Before returning to His Father, He promised to send His Holy Spirit to the Church: ‘But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all I have said to you’ [Jn 14:26].”    – Saint Pope John Paul II

 

PRAYER…

Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart

and kindle in me the fire of Your love.

O Lord God, grant that by the Holy Spirit

I may be truly wise

and forever enjoy His counseling and His consolations.

I ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 21:17

TODAY’S WORD…

A third time Jesus said to Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”

Peter became sad because Jesus had asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’, and so he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You!”

– John 21:17

 

REFLECTION…

I put myself in Peter’s place. Here I am, in front of my Lord, Jesus; He looks at me with His loving and penetrating eyes and He asks me directly, calling me by my name, “…do you love Me?”

If I truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then like Peter, I am also fully aware that He already knows what my reply will be. I also believe that whatever my answer is, Jesus knows whether it is the truth…or not.

When that moment arrives – and it will – will I be able to look at the Lord and reply like Peter did, with humility and honesty, and say to Him “Lord, You know that I love You” ? Will I?

 

PRAYER…

Jesus, my Lord,

I believe You are the Son of the Living God,

the great I AM.

 

Lord, I know You love me,

I know You died on that Cross – for me.

But…do I love You back?

 

You know everything, my Lord,

You know me inside out.

Please send Your Holy Spirit upon me, Lord,

to teach me how to truly love You.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. Come.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 17:24,26

TODAY’S WORD…

“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given me because You loved me before the creation of the world. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

– John 17:24,26

 

REFLECTION…

Jesus – the Alpha and Omega; the Beginning and the End – prays to the Father for all of us who know Him. He prays that we will one day be with Him, in His perpetual light, and share in His glory, forever. Jesus emphasises that He will continue to make the Father known to us, and that He too will remain in us (even after He leaves this earth). Jesus will do so by sending the Holy Spirit, who we Christians receive through the Sacrament of Baptism.

If we allow Him to, the Spirit will instil a burning love and faith in us; He will console us and counsel us. The Spirit will give us the strength to overcome all that the evil one throws at us in his determination to draw us away from God and from His promise of life everlasting in His Glorious Presence.

 

PRAYER…

Lord Jesus,

You are the Alpha and the Omega,

the Beginning and the End

and You love me so much that You chose to die for me on the Cross

to save me and give me eternal life.

Thank You, O loving Lord.

 

Thank You also for sending Your Holy Spirit, Lord,

who I welcome into my heart.

It is through Him that I proclaim You as Lord.

 

Come Holy Spirit, come and take over,

that I may be filled with Love and be made worthy of Christ’s promises.

Amen

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 17:19

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TODAY’S WORD…

“Father…I give Myself as a Holy Sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by Your Truth.”

– John 17:19

 

REFLECTION…

Jesus is praying to the Father to give us, who believe in Him, holiness. Jesus prays for our holiness. Although God alone is the Holy One, we can share in His holiness. Jesus prays so yearningly for us to be made holy. He consecrates Himself to the Father and dedicates His perfect and loving sacrifice on the Cross, for our own sanctification.

When Jesus prays for us to be made holy, He is praying to the Father for our moral sanctity, that we may obey God’s law and practise the moral virtues. “I give Myself as a Holy Sacrifice for them…” God is Love. Jesus is Love, and He always practiced what He preached. It was, after all, Jesus who had said to His followers that “there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Jn 15:13)

Through Christ’s death, we have been made children of God by Baptism, we share in the divine nature; and we have been enabled to attain the holiness to which we have been called. Amen!

 

PRAYER…

Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life for me. Thank You

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 17:9-12,15,17,26

 

TODAY’S WORD…

“Father, I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given me, for they are Yours. All I have is Yours…

…Father, protect them by the power of Your Name… While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe… My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.

I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for me may be in them…”

– John 17:9-12,15,17,26

 

REFLECTION…*

These verses from John Chapter 17, are from Jesus’ profound prayer to the Father for His Disciples and for all believers. Jesus always taught His Disciples how to pray, and if we listen to His loving prayer for them, we learn – from Him – how to pray for our children and grandchildren.

In today’s world, we parents and grandparents are so concerned about the spiritual health of our dearest ones. We fear for their soul because it is a world that seems intent on wrenching it away from its Maker. But, if we have God in us, and we truly know Him, then we must not be anxious, but we must pray…as Jesus did.

So, carry on taking Christ to your loved ones, through all you say and do, let your love be a reflection of Christ’s love for you. Constantly teach them, especially through example, the true Christian values…and pray, pray, pray for them. Entrust your loved ones to the Father, and pray constantly for them…and He will do the rest.

 

PRAYER… *

Father, I pray for my children and grandchildren.

I am not praying for the world,

but for those You have given me, for they are Yours.

All I have is Yours.

Father, protect them by the power of Your Name.

While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe.

 

My prayer is not that You take them out of the world

but that You protect them from the evil one.

Sanctify them by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

 

I have made You known to them,

and will continue to make You known

in order that the love You have for me may be in them.

 

This I pray in Jesus’ holy Name. Amen

 

[*Today’s thought and prayer were inspired by a dear friend, Fritz Mascarenhas, who marvels at the depth and intensity and beauty of Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17, and how it can be a perfect prayer for us parents and grandparents, who are so concerned about the spiritual welfare of our loved ones as they go about their lives in today’s seemingly God-less world…]

 

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 16:33

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TODAY’S WORD…

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33

 

REFLECTION…

How lovingly reassuring Jesus is. How well He knows us and our tendency to become anxious at the least problem! With the all-conquering power of Christ, we too can overcome all our troubles. Jesus encourages us and gives us that special joy and peace that only a fully entrusting faith in Him can bring.

He endured and overcame so much, and through Him, with Him, and in Him we are able to do the same!

 

PRAYER…

My Lord Jesus,

through You, with You, and in You,

I know I will overcome.

Thank You for Your supreme example,

for Your great love for me

and for Your ultimate sacrifice.

Lord, You give me such hope!

 

Thank You, Lord, for sending me Your Holy Spirit,

Your Consoler and Counsellor,

through whom I am strengthened,

and shall overcome,

and be purified,

and become more like You!

 

Amen

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