Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 16, 2012

Daniel Mistrot

2nd Year Medical Student

Acts 4:23-31
Ps 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9
Jn 3:1-8

“You do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
-John 3:8

After reading today’s scripture passages for Mass, I found my reflection constantly drawn to the Holy Spirit, and how he works in our lives. The Spirit is obviously the focus of today’s readings, and rightfully so. As we draw closer to that great feast of Pentecost, it seems appropriate that the Church would want us to begin turning our thoughts towards that magnificent third member of the Holy Trinity.

Until about four years ago, I was never very close in my relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is sometimes easy to overlook with all the attention that we place on God the Father and God the Son. The Church reminds us though, especially during the Easter season, that the Spirit plays an absolutely vital role in our lives. As we see in the first reading, it is through the gifts of the Spirit that the disciples are strengthened to go forth and “speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). So too can this be true for us.

The passage that I quoted to begin this reflection really sums up what this “life in the Spirit” can be for us. When we put our complete faith in God, and allow the Holy Spirit to work through our lives, we will be swept away in God’s abundant graces to destinations beyond our wildest dreams. Yes, it can be a bit scary taking this leap of faith and asking the Spirit to move us towards whatever it is God is calling us too, but like we see in Acts, if we trust ourselves to the Holy Spirit, he will give us all the courage we need.

Today, let us maybe take a quiet moment to thank the Holy Spirit for all that he has done in our lives. Let us ask him for that strength to move us with the boldness of the Apostles to live out our faith to the fullest. It might be surprising where he takes each of us!   

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