Day 8

We Begin

Let us begin by lighting a candle, making the sign of the Cross, quieting ourselves and welcoming God into the space where we dwell and into our mind and heart. 

Play this Taizé chant to aid in coming into this space of prayer. Veni Sancte Spiritus – Come Holy Spirit

Laudate – Veni Sancte Spiritus

Read the following slowly and reflect on the words as you read and pray them.

Where the Spirit is there is creation and new life. Where the Spirit is, there is the living Christ. The Spirit is the breath of God’s creative love, so that whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the ever newness of God.

Sr Ilia Delio OSF

Scripture Reading

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then 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.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

(Jn. 20:19-22)

Reflection

In the Gospel of John the encounter with the Risen Lord and the Gift of the Spirit are celebrated together, we have Easter and Pentecost on the same day!

John wants us to understand that the gift of the Spirit is the fruit of the resurrection. Christ risen bestows on us his peace, breathes on us his Spirit and sends us just as he was sent by the Father.

The whole mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is compacted together in these few verses and we are brought to the overwhelming realisation that God chooses to mission us just as he missioned his son.

John’s Gospel makes it very clear why the Father sent his Son – it was because he so loved the world. In Jesus, the Word made flesh, the world comes to know who God is and Jesus does this by inviting people to come to faith in him which is the same as trusting in him. The signs he performs all point to the presence with us of a God who loves us, heals us, nourishes us, and raises us up. God is light and in him there is no darkness at all: this is what Jesus shows us and this is what we in turn are invited to share with the world.

In the Gospel of John, we are made to understand that the only way we can do this is by being one with him, – “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn.15:5). It is the gift of the Spirit that makes this union possible and it is in the power of this Spirit that we are sent. Without the Spirit our Christian faith is just another religion, a set of rules, or a collection of dogmas. However, in the Spirit it becomes a word of life for the world.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts. ”

(Zech. 4:6)

A Moment of Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges you?
What sensations do you notice in your body – as a reaction to what you have read?
What is the Spirit inviting you to do?

In bringing this moment of contemplation to a close we meditate, once again, upon the breath as an encounter with the Holy Spirit who is the breath, the life (Ruah) of God, the One who gives life to and sustains all that is. Read the prayer below slowly and gently and during the day often return to the awareness of your breath as an ongoing ever present reminder of the abiding love of God.

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with the life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.
Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with you I have one will,
To live and to endure.
Breathe on me, breath of God,
My soul with grace refine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with your fire divine.
Breathe on me, breath of God,
So I shall never die,
But live with you the perfect life
In your eternity.

Allow a moment of quiet

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Word made flesh and splendour of the Father, you are the light of the world.
As you change water to wine you invite us to celebrate God’s joy in us.
As you go on bended knee to wash our feet you show us the way of the Father’s humble love.
Through the gift of your Spirit May we live as true servants of your word so that the world may come to know that we too are sent by the Father. Amen

End with playing this piece of music from Bernadette Farrell, Spirit of God

And we end – In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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