Welcome to Day Five of Waiting for the Spirit! Thank you for joining our online retreat. Feel free to post your reflections in the comments area below each day’s content as we encourage one another in prayer.
The Grace I Seek
I pray for the grace to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life.
Read today’s Scripture readings: May 26, 2020, Memorial of Saint Philip Neri.
Barbara Lee reflects on today’s Gospel, John 17:1–11a. Lee is a spiritual director and author of God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet.
For Further Reflection
The Holy Spirit comforts and advocates for us.
In Scripture, we find references to the Holy Spirit as one who consoles and comforts us (John 14:16) and as our helper who comes alongside us to live a life of virtue and holiness (John 16:13). One of the titles of the Holy Spirit is the “Paraclete,” which is translated from the Greek term, parakletos, as one who advocates, comforts, and comes to our aid. We can feel burnt out and overwhelmed at times. The Holy Spirit has been sent to each one of us to renew our minds and hearts, helping us become ever more conscious of our intimacy with Jesus and with one another. How has the Holy Spirit advocated for and comforted you?
Take some time to ponder the message that God shares with you today through the Scripture readings and reflections. When you are ready, proceed to the closing prayer.
Gretchen Crowder leads us in prayer.