I am really learning to pay attention to Sunday sermons. Today happens to be the 6th Sunday of the Easter season. And we are getting ready for the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
Jesus promises us to forever be with us and guide us by giving us the gift of the Spirit.
During confirmation we were taught that the Holy Spirit comes over us with 7 gifts. Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
Just because Jesus promises the spirit upon us …… Doesn’t mean that the 7 gifts will fall upon us. The gifts will be given to only those who are worthy. Hence we need to make ourselves worthy.
Out of the 7 gifts wisdom or discernment is a very important gift. In very moment of our lives we are faced with choices, which we need to make. And most of the times we find it difficult.
In context with the same the priest put forth a simple 4 step procedure to follow to help us gain the gift of discernment. The method is called ‘The examination of Conscience‘
1. Go in the presence of God, humble yourself infront of Him and be aware of His presence.
2. Thank God for what you had, you have and will have in life.
3. Ask for forgiveness for the faults done.
4. Ask Him to guide you and help you discern at every moment of your life.
Discernment ……a very important gift. Specially in times today where each one of us are quick on passing judgements on others. We were never asked to judge others , we were only asked to know the difference between the good and bad , take the courage to stand by the good ……and to have the serenity to accept what we can’t change.
I pray for myself and for all that we realise that we have a long way to go in making ourselves worthy of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May the Spirit itself guide us into Him.
Have a blessed week ahead ……