The church is born today…What does that mean to me?
Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.* But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-15)
Observation: I went back and read the Office of Readings for yesterday, since it was the feast day of Saint Phillip Neri, it just felt like I couldn’t miss out on them. I will try to catch up with today’s Office of Readings before youth group later today. I mention the reading that I did in addition to the regular reading of the readings for Mass, to explain that the choice of this Gospel reading today was borne out of the process of a lot of reading this morning and not just my normal perusal of the daily Mass readings. It is not that my normal perusal of the readings is not sufficient for my journaling, but since we are celebrating the birthday of the church today, I felt that extra attention was due God for sending this amazing gift to lead us to faith almost two thousand years ago.
Personification: Joy It is my hope that I know today that God is revealing the true joy to me today that comes from trusting God to be with me at all times through the holy Spirit and physically through the body and blood of His Son, and someday my joy will be complete when I am with the Father in Heaven, by His grace.
Prayer: Lord, give me a joyful heart like Saint Phillip Neri and help me to repent of my will in favor of yours. Saint Phillip Neri, pray for us. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- The uniqueness of Saint Philip Neri, the “Apostle of Rome” (insightscoop.typepad.com)