THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: ASCENSION OF THE LORD

May 21, 2020frjohnma

In saying, He ascended, what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. – Eph. 4:9-13

May we prayerfully say to ourselves: “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him (Eph. 1:17).

Today is a Holy Day of obligation and a day to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Before the baptism in the Spirit at Pentecost, we need to remind ourselves of the need to undertake solemnly the Novena of the Holy Spirit. It begins tomorrow. What are we to pray for?

  1. Holiness of life: On the 20th of April 2020, we started reflecting prayerfully about the Person of the Holy Spirit in our Church and our spiritual lives. And we reminded ourselves of our supreme intention – “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1Thess. 4:3). Let’s pray for holiness, without which no one can ever see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).
  2. Openness to grace: “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but 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).
  3. Renewal and a special discovery of gifts and charisms for service
  4. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
  5. Please add your intentions

Enjoy your celebration and remain uplifted in the Spirit of the Lord. Amen.

Comments (8)

  • Francis-Mary

    May 21, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you Fr for sharing. “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
    resulting in knowledge of him (Eph. 1:17). Amen

    1. frjohnma

      May 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks for your words of encouragement

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you Father and “Amen” to St. Paul’s recommended prayer quoted in Ephesians 1:17. To this prayer point and to those you recommended, I wish to add that God should please make us ever grateful for this spiritual formation opportunity in the school of the Holy Spirit, as well as grant us the grace to continue to improve and attain the full knowledge of who He meant us to be.

    1. frjohnma

      May 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks for your generous comments

  • Pauline Otu

    May 21, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Amen , thank you Father. May we all prepare well for the second coming of our Lord Jesus christ amen. Happy Ascension, great family.

    1. frjohnma

      May 21, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks for your great commitment

  • Stanley-Mary Osegbo

    May 21, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Amen to your prayers through the word of God and may the Holy Spirit finds us all well prepared for Him on the coming Pentecost Sunday Amen!
    Thanks a lot Fr.!

    1. frjohnma

      May 21, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks my dear great participant

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