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In Jesus’ last supper discourse he speaks of the love he has for his disciples and of his Father’s love. He prepares his disciples for his imminent departure to return to his Father by exhorting them to prove their love for him through their loyalty and obedience to his word. He promises them the abiding instruction and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

It is Saint Augustine who said that: “the Lord loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.” God’s love for each of us is as real and tangible as the love of a mother for her child and the love of a lover who gives all for his beloved. God made us in love for love – to know him personally and to grow in the knowledge of his great love for us and to love him in return.

The question we may be drawn to ask then is; how can we know and be assured of the love of God? The Holy Spirit helps us to grow in the knowledge of God and his great love. The Spirit enables us to experience the love of God and to be assured of the Lord’s abiding presence with us (Rm. 5:5 and 8:35-39). The Holy Spirit also opens our ears to hear and understand the word of God.

However, as Pope St. John Paul II would say; “the Holy Spirit is only received by the humble and docile heart of the believer.” The Pope prophesied that we would have a “new springtime of Christian life,” if we “are docile to the action of the Holy Spirit” (cf: Toward the Third Millennium, 18).

In this same letter, Pope St. John Paul II has described Mary as “the woman who was docile to the voice of the Spirit” (48). She was docile because she was a woman of silence, attentiveness, and hope (48). To be docile, we must be quiet, minimize distractions, and hope that what the Spirit is teaching us will renew the face of the earth (Ps 104:30). Do you listen attentively to God’s word and believe it? Ask the Holy Spirit to inflame your heart with the love of God and his word.

Lord Jesus, in love you created me and you drew me to yourself. Through the intercession of Mary your Mother, may I never lose sight of you nor forget your steadfast love and faithfulness. Teach me how to be humble and docile to the works of the Spirit.

Fr. Odinaka.


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