Daily Reflection for Friday, June 11, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Hosea 11:1,3-4,8-9
Responsorial: Isaiah 12:2-3,4,5-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:8-12,14-19
Gospel: John 19:31-37
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
…to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self... Ephesians 3:16
Come, Holy Spirit. The late Father Ted Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame, started each day with this simple prayer. Come, Holy Spirit.
I have felt especially drawn to the Holy Spirit recently. Much of my time, energy and emotion has been spent in checking in on my parents, who are now 89 and adjusting to life in a senior community apartment. Since my dad’s dementia is advancing and my mom struggles with caring for him, I find myself worrying about them and contemplating “worst case scenarios” in my mind. I ask the Holy Spirit for peace and faith. Come, Holy Spirit.
My mom is lonely because she no longer has a strong conversation partner in my dad. In our conversations she will often share with me her complaints, her struggles, her frustrations. Because I am practical and rational, my instinct is to offer her suggestions and solutions, when I know deep down, she probably just wants someone to listen to her. I ask the Holy Spirit for gentleness, kindness, and patience. Come, Holy Spirit.
As we work to empty my parents’ former house of a lifetime of belongings that are no longer needed, I debate the appropriate disposition of these material goods. My parents taught me not to waste anything and to save for the future, and so I struggle with throwing things away, with giving things away. I ask the Holy Spirit for generosity, wisdom and self-control. Come Holy Spirit.
I have so much in my life for which to be grateful. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me experience and savor the joy of simple pleasures: a walk with my dad, a conversation with a friend, a day with a clear blue sky or a day with a gentle, cleansing rain, a good cup of coffee, a good book, a delicious meal, a good night’s rest.
When I call on the Holy Spirit, I am strengthened and consoled with the gifts I need to meet the challenges of my day. For what challenge do you need to call upon the Holy Spirit today?
Blessings to all,