Inviting the Holy Spirit into your life
As we celebrate Pentecost, the “process of discernment” comes to mind. I reflect on/imagine Jesus’ followers in a locked room, fearful, agitated and probably confused, uncertain as to what they needed to do now that Jesus was no longer with them. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was with the disciples in the Upper Room. All through her life, she had been discerning and responding to God’s will. She must have been influential in the disciples coming together for quiet waiting. In John 20: 19-22:
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 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.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
How were the followers of Jesus different after receiving/accepting the Holy Spirit?
Are you making critical decisions about life-direction, and discerning where God is calling you? You might consider inviting the Holy Spirit into your life. Like Jesus’ disciples, spend some time with Mary listening to the Spirit to see where you are nudged. Be aware that the Holy Spirit is dynamic and constant in every life. Ask for the grace and courage to follow God’s desire for you. Find a community to help support you in your journey and be a spiritual guide.
Are your choices different when you are confident that the Spirit is with you in your journey?
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