Jesus Rejoices

– Tuesday Week 1 of Advent –

‘At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”’ [Luke 10:21]

Jesus rejoices and, in so doing, invites us into a contemplation of the heart of God and to a life inspired by the Holy Spirit. He models how we are to live in this world. As we learn what it means to be clothed in him, we too rejoice in the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is given to us in our baptism and strengthened in our confirmation. The Holy Spirit is ever-present and invites us to a life transformed. The Holy Spirit is most at work in us if we accept the gift he is offering and choose to invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts. This is why we turn again and again to invite the Holy Spirit ‘in’. 

The Holy Spirit is a willing but respectful guest and will always wait to be asked. Our challenge is to let the Holy Spirit open our hearts to the presence of God and to lead us in faith. Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel also reminds us of this, saying, “With the eyes of faith, we can see the light which the Holy Spirit always radiates in the midst of darkness…” (EG, 84). We all need the eyes of faith. 

Today we are called anew to have eyes of faith and to see not as the world sees but as the Holy Spirit guides us. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals the presence of God and leads us into our vocation as the children of God (see Romans 8). 


by Lisa McKerr

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