The Pentecost Sequence, found in the Missal before the Gospel, is a beautiful prayer. Try praying it with the firm convictions that the Spirit of God is in you, that you are, as St Paul says of all Christians, ‘a Temple of God’s Holy Spirit.’ (1 Cot. 3:16) As the Sequence says, we are praying to and with:
of all consolers best,
thou, the soul’s delightful guest.
Ponder these words, and be with the truth that God’s Spirit is a power at work in you. Make the prayer gentle and personal with this ‘guest’ of yours.
Heal my wounds, my strength renew,
On my dryness pour they dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Acknowledge the need for conversion of mind and heart, and pray wholeheartedly,
Bend my stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm, the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
In all this, pray with the Spirit within you.
Reflections for Sundays
God Is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC