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CELEBRATE PENTECOST

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.

Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.

Sit still…..Relax…….Do not rush………

Take a couple of gentle, slow and deep breaths…becoming aware of your breath going in and out… stay focused on this breath of life……

Now from the depth of your heart begin to wish your mind well……….

Take a moment. Bless your day. Let your day Bless you……Take another moment. Bless your world. Let your world bless you……

We celebrate Pentecost. We meditate on the promise of Jesus to send us His Holy Spirit to enable and empower us to carry on His mission to its fulfillment. This meditation is on being on fire with the love of God poured into the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit of Love,
Come, kindle in us the fire of your love.

The Acts of the Apostles tells us that the disciples experienced a harmony, a unity, a fellowship that they never dreamed of! Acts 2:1-11 tells us that “a noise like a strong driving wind filled the entire house and tongues as of fire rested on each of the them”. They were from different territories, they were of different background, they spoke different languages….but they understood each other!

The disharmony, the disunity and the brokenness and confusion that people experienced at Babel was reversed…at Babel they began to speak many languages and they could not understand each other anymore…at Pentecost, they spoke different languages and they understood each other…the Holy Spirit made it happen.

The Holy Spirit filled the disciples with a new power….they were no more afraid…they spoke boldly…they moved with courage and compassion to bring the good news of Jesus to the world.

Throughout the Scriptures fire was used to symbolize the divine presence. Moses approaches the burning bush and hears a call to lead his people out of slavery in to freedom (Ex. 3:2). Isaiah’s lips are purified by red hot coals (burning torches) that are carried by the seraphs (Is.6:1-3). Slaves, running from Egypt into the freedom of the promised land, saw the pillar of fire at night as a sign of the protecting, freeing, guiding and saving presence of God (Ex. 13:21-22).

Tongues of fire rested on the frightened Apostles and rekindled their courage and conviction and their sense of mission (Act 2:1-13).

Peter speaks of the fire of God ad a source of purification, something that refines our faith (1 Peter 1:6-9). The Prophet Malachi says, “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” (Malachi 3:3). The Author of the letter to the Hebrews refers to God as a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).There is more….and more…..about the fire and the flame and the light……the gentle light, the quiet fire, the glowing flame, the consuming fire, the purifying fire………

How does this inspire you….move you……..inflame you……..awaken you….enlighten you……….set you on fire as you prepare to celebrate the feast of Pentecost?

Take a moment now…..Get in touch with the fire burning in your heart………….

If you don’t feel the fire within, take a moment now, pray for an awakening to that fire. Pray for a deeper desire, a longing, a hunger, a thirst, “yearning” for that fire of God.

Be Still – Reflect

Holy Spirit of Love,
Come, kindle in us the fire of your love.

Remember people whose hearts are on fire with God. As you remember them, you may feel that your own heart is far from being alive with this profound love.

Be watchful. There is danger in comparisons. The danger of comparing ourselves with others is that often we feel tension between being inspired by someone on fire with God and trying to make ourselves like them. We just don’t have to be like them. No two hearts are on fire with God exactly the same way.

We are called to live this dynamic, profound, vibrant love in our own unique way, according to our own personality, our own temperament, our own goodness, our own inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies.

Sometimes, we may even wonder if any spark of fire remains in us. Sometimes, we will resist the fire, other times, we may be afraid of its power.

Yet, within all of us, the fire of God continues to flicker, even when we do not see it glow. You don’t have to be a Jeremiah! or a John the Baptist! or a Mother Teresa! or a John Paul II! You just have to be yourself!

“there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones…..” Jeremiah 20:9

Get in touch with the fire burning in your heart……If you don’t feel the fire within, pray for an awakening to that fire. Pray for a “yearning” for that fire of God.

Holy Spirit of Love,
Come, kindle in us the fire of your love.

Take a few moments…Get in touch with the fire burning in your heart………….

Fan into flame the spark that is within………….

During this coming week, as we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, light a candle each morning as you begin your day. Hold the candle in your hands as you pray for a rekindling of the fire of God in you or for fanning into flame the spark you found within or express gratitude for the spark you found within……….

Remember people you have known or heard about whose hearts are on fire with God. Reflect on how the fire is reflected in their life. Reflect on how you may have caught a spark from them.

Remember Jeremiah or Moses or John the Baptist or the two disciples on the road to Emmaus or Peter or Paul…..or anyone else that you know in history. Read their stories…listen to them. Reflect on how the fire of God was a transforming power in their life……dialogue with them.

If you don’t feel the fire within, pray for an awakening to that fire. Pray for a “yearning” for that fire of God.

Pray for…..

 a deeper hunger for God

 a longing for the fire of God’s love

 a deeper appreciation of life

 an enthusiasm for life 

 a deeper appreciation of the world as God’s gift

 a positive, optimistic attitude toward all that is

 an openness to truth, goodness, justice, peace, shalom

 a longing for change, growth, transformation

 a love for contemplation

 a passion for service

                                                                      Abide in this prayer for some time

Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs