Daily Reflection- Monday, April 20th, 2020
Today’s First Reading (Acts 4:23-31) tells of early Christians praying for the empowerment of the Holy Sprit to boldly proclaim the Gospel.
In Baptism, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us: “baptism purifies us from sin and makes us a new creature; an adopted child of God; a partaker of the divine nature; member of Christ; and a temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1265). Empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, we can trust that the cold, barren places in our hearts will be aflame with the love of God. This is what Jesus in today’s Gospel (John 3:1-8), is alluding to when he speaks to Nicodemus of being born of water and Spirit.
John La Farge, Visit of Nicodemus to Christ, 1880
Though the Holy Spirit is with us from the moment of our baptism, let us pray in a special way that He may help us offer our hearts as truly a dwelling place for God.
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.” AMEN.
Peace be with you!