The second reading today from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans has great meaning for me.
“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.”
Several months ago, on the morning after surgery, I tried to pray my morning prayers. I was having a very hard time connecting my thoughts as the pain medication I was taking was affecting my ability to concentrate.
I tried reading the daily Mass readings from my copy of “Give Us This Day”. Try as I might, I could not concentrate enough to read an entire reading. I was just reading words that did not seem to connect in thought. I was becoming anxious at the thought of not being able to pray.
It was then that I remembered this scripture passage from Romans. I realized the Holy Spirit was praying with me and for me. The anxiety disappeared as I came to the awesome recognition that my prayer was being presented to God by His Holy Spirit!
I then remembered that several years ago, when I was a Eucharistic Minister at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, I prayed the same scripture reading with those who, because of their illness, were unable to pray. The Holy Spirit was praying for them at that time just as He was praying for me when I was in need.
It is so easy for us to forget that the Holy Spirit is active in each of our lives. He is always there watching over us and prompting us to do the right thing.
On a larger scale, the Holy Spirit has been active in our Parish during the last couple of weeks. We said goodbye to Fr. David Schatz as he moved to Dubuque to become the Rector of St. Pius X Seminary. We now begin a new chapter in the life of St. Mary as we welcome Fr. David Ambrosy as our Pastor. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us during this transition.
Liturgy Committee Chair