“FOR IT WILL NOT BE YOU WHO SPEAK BUT THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER SPEAKING THROUGH YOU.” MT 10:16-23
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.” MT 10:16-23
As I continue to read the Scriptures and reflect on them, I have learned something very important. I have learned there is great power in asking the Spirit of the Father and Son (Holy Spirit) to guide me before I read the Scriptures to help me understand how much God loves us and how badly Christ desires for us to be in heaven with the Father.
The Spirit has led me to the Father and Son, which in turn has taught me my identity in my Creator and Savior. This has been the most important transformation of my whole life! It has been a ton of work, sacrifice of time, surrendering of will, vulnerability, and wrestling with God on life’s most important issues, and hours of listening not talking in prayer.
I have come to know I am a great sinner and do not have the highest education in theology. There are many things I do not know. Before I read the Scriptures, I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to fruition wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the Scriptures. Then, before I write, I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me.
I also research knowledge of the doctrine of our faith (Catechism of the Catholic Faith or YouCat) and read Scripture scholars reflections in the side notes of my Bible. After falling in love with Jesus, I continue to seek Him in spiritual books. The saints lives taught me how to surrender and the reward for being all in.
Every book has offered insight and knowledge I was lacking. I still have a lot to learn, but God doesn’t need a person with a ton of knowledge, just an open mind, heart and surrendering will to do His work on a soul. The key to all of it is after reading, sitting in silence and listening I am allowing Christ to speak to me through the Spirit. I have found great reward in reflecting and listening in the silence. It is the wisdom, peace and calm among turbulent storms that I have been searching for all along!
The power of the Holy Spirit is active and alive. Invite the Holy Spirit into your day. It is Christ’s Spirit in your heart. Pray daily to the Holy Spirit asking for guidance. Your prayers and reflections will be turned into action knowing your are doing the Father’s Will. This is the purpose of the Holy Spirit. As you continue to be formed as a young person, keep the Holy Spirit close. When it is time to put your formation into action, the Holy Spirit will guide you to do the Father’s Will and you will be filled with joy.
Today, Jesus claims something very odd. He will be the reason for many divisions even among those in families. The point is that we are the closest to our families. Jesus said His Words and mission are so important that they will even cause divisions in families. Jesus is more important than our families. This is a bold statement. One of the keys to getting to the Kingdom is making Christ the center of your life. He must come before family, friends, material goods, and our desires of the flesh. His love and desire for you to enter heaven is greater than all of these. That is some powerful love!
We have been warned, if we listen to Christ’s Word and allow it to transform us with the Eucharist, it could cause division in your life even with those you are closest to. He warns you will be persecuted. It is amazing to me how many Christians have been persecuted over the last 2000 years. Proof of Jesus’s warning today. Do you want to compete? Do you want to try and fight a battle that is very hard to win? Do you want to be challenged? Are you ready to strap on the armor of God? Make Christ the center of your life and hang on!
Today’s challenge: Make it a habit to pray to the Father and ask Him to send His Spirit upon you before you embark upon the Scriptures and daily tasks. Also ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the Father and Son and bring you into their presence during prayer, the ultimate goal of worship.
Be a servant, become a saint!