DAY NINE: NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: It is you that the Spirit wants to save and transform.
John 21: 20 – 25
“…What does it matter to you? You are to follow me”
We are often so busy trying to fix up our world, to fix other people’s lives, to rescue other people’s marriages and relationships, and to convert other people and bring back to God. We are so busy that we do not notice or pay attention to the cracks in our lives and in our relationships. The Lord calls us to pay attention to our own darkness and our own need for God and for grace. Our lives also need saving. Peter was so focused on what will become of John and the Lord calls him to pay attention to his own calling and journey. “You follow me,” He commands. When our lives become a sacramental and a sign of the resurrection, our lives then become a gospel that transforms other. Our life is the greatest and the most convincing gospel we can ever preach.
As the Holy Spirit descends on us, let us open up our lives, our wounds, our darkness, our struggles and everything in us that needs God’s healing breath, so that the Holy Spirit might blow through our valley of dry bones and through our corridor of hopelessness, shame and fear. Come O Holy Spirit Come!