Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Today we hear Paul talk with the Romans about the Spirit. Several verses before our reading this morning, Paul tells the Romans the Spirit actually dwells within them. During mass when the priest prepares the water and wine he says, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” God dwells within his people! This is amazing, we actually share in the Divine Life!
As I think about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, two prayers come to mind. Whenever I am worried about something or trying to puzzle through a tough decision, the last two lines of this first prayer give me great comfort. No matter the troubles I face, through the Spirit I will continue to be created and renewed, as will the entire world!
Come Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit.
And we shall be created.
And You will renew the face of the earth.
The second prayer, which we’ll close with today (below), is an adaptation of the daily prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ. The last two lines challenge me and comfort me. The challenge is to be God’s presence in the world today. The comfort is to know it is God and grace, not simply my feeble efforts.
—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits
Holy Spirit, you are within me
just as Jesus promised.
Hold me, guide me, encourage me,
Help me to carry out the work for which
I am created and called.
Allow me to see and to hear today,
with your wisdom.
Allow me to speak and to act today,
with your love.
—Adaptation of the daily opening prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ