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DAY 5: Led By The Spirit We Are Children Of God

pentecost6Antiphon: Lord, send us your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Act of Adoration

I believe, my God, that I am in your presence;
that you are looking at me and listening to my prayers.
You are so great and so holy: I adore you.
You have given me everything: I thank you.
I have been so ungrateful, I ask your pardon with all my heart. You are so merciful: I ask you all the graces which you know are beneficial to me.

Before reading the Scripture: Jesus Christ our Master, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pour out on us your Spirit, as you did on the Apostles, gathered together in prayer with Mary at Pentecost. Open our hearts to receive your Word with the humble docility of Mary and in the spirit of the apostle St Paul, so that it may bear abundant fruits of holiness and dedicated service also in our life.

Reading: But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:9-17).

Silent reflection: What does this passage from Romans say to me, to us, today?

R. Come, Holy Spirit, source of light! Come, Holy Spirit, source of strength and joy, of forgiveness and peace. Come! Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Hymn to the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to submit to everything that you ask of me and to accept all that you allow to happen to me. Just show me your will. Amen.

Cardinal Mercier

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