Upon awakening this morning, the first thought that came to my mind was, “Lent has begun.”
That was immediately followed by my recalling how Jesus was sent out into the desert, prompted by the Holy Spirit. That is what we too are to do, to go out and be in the desert.
But then what next really stood out for me was how it began for Jesus, and how it must begin for us—it began with the Holy Spirit. We all need to be prompted and strengthened by the Holy Spirit if we would purposely—by going out into the desert—divest ourselves of our human self-gratifications and ambitions, emptying ourselves of Ourselves during Lent.
Then we can come to the last day of the Easter Season, Pentecost, and be “filled with the fullness of God,” in the Holy Spirit, becoming more fully the sons and daughters of God.
We must first be strengthened to live victoriously in this world. Then, when that happens, God can impact us and direct us more fully as and wherever He pleases.
May [God] grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self (Eph 3:16).
But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 20).
The Holy Spirit is the gift that comes into the heart with prayer . . . Who will win it? The one who welcomes the gift. [St. John Paul II]
It’s something each of us can do, for we are called to do it—in fact, we must therefore do it. That is the starting place for each of us in this mission of life.
Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind, but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14).
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her (Lk 10:41-42).
Jesus, looking at [the rich man], loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21).
It’s too humanly difficult to walk in Jesus’ footsteps . . . One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek, to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life [Ps 27:4] . . . And so I pray, Help me, Lord, come reign in the temple of my heart, so that I may abide in Your Presence as I go about my day, my life . . . Jesus, have mercy on me, forgive me . . . A clean heart create for me, O God; renew within me a steadfast spirit (Ps 51:12).
Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: “Rivers of living water will flow from within him.” He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive (Jn 7:37-39) . . .
Mary, be with us, just as you were with the apostles, who were filled with the Spirit so as to be sent. Mass . . . Missa . . . to be sent . . . to be sent forth from THE place where we are most strengthened, THE HEART of everything . . . Jesus, we trust in You, fill us with your very own fullness of life! . . .
It is confidence, and nothing but confidence, that must lead us in the way of love [St. Therese] . . . Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promise (Hb 10:35-36).
Written by A Listening Heart