I come before you, Lord, poor and unworthy. Yet you welcome me with such love. With
my effort during this meditation I want to make a small return on your great
Help me to cooperate with your greatest gift, the Holy
Spirit.1. No Rationing:
Jesus does not ration the gift of the Spirit. By and
through the Holy Spirit, Christ lifts our whole life to another plane. The Lord's generosity is
amazing. Think of the Eucharist. Every time we receive the Lord, he leaves in our soul a renewal and
deepening of the Holy Spirit's presence. With every communion we are preparing our bodies and souls
for the immortality of the Resurrection. Of course, such a gift invites a response. In the face of
such generosity, how can we be stingy in return?2. A Gift of Unity:
The gift of
the Spirit is vital for our human relationships. Jesus' ardent prayer at the Last Supper was for the
unity of his disciples: "that they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you" (John 17:21).
For a unity like that, the Holy Spirit is absolutely indispensable. The gift of the Spirit, in order
to be effective, provides the antidote for all our tendencies to disunity. The Spirit combats our
pride and egotism by reminding us of Christ's humility. He stirs up the realization that we have to
live in charity and provides us with the strength to give without counting the cost. He enables us
to persevere in unity.3. A Personal Gift:
The depths of our hearts is where we
ultimately experience this gift of the Spirit. But at times we feel more like a dry well than a
spring of water welling up to eternal life (cf. John 4:14). The Holy Spirit is at work — in
abundance — no less in the moments of dryness than in the moments of consolation. He seeks to purify
us of the petty attachments that hold us back. He directs us to seek God for his own sake and not to
turn to him only as a divine dispenser of spiritual candy. But still, we should await the moment of
consolation with the hope-filled knowledge that the Lord is near. When we experience this
consolation, we will experience confirmation that the Lord's gift of the Spirit is unlike any
other!Conversation with Christ:
Lord, the Holy Spirit is the soul of Church. He is
the gift you have given us with such generosity. Help us to live more in accord with this truth.
Help us to be obedient when we are tempted to pride. Help us to love when we are tempted to reject.
May your Holy Spirit constantly reinforce the bond that holds us
I will foster charity by paying special attention to the
inspirations of the Holy Spirit.