... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. (Ephesians 1:17)
Reflection for Saturday: How to Know God More Fully
By Graciela Ramos, Director of Online Ministry
Verse 17 from this Saturday's first reading gives us the key to our relationship with God. I would say that without this key it is impossible for us to grow in our spiritual life, it is impossible for our wounds to be healed, it is impossible for us to know the width, the length and the measure of God's Love for us.
Saint Paul is praying for "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, to grant you the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know him." This is what we need in order to know God! In biblical language, "to know" is not a synonym of "having information about something" but of "having an experience of something -- being aware of something". How can we "have an experience, an awareness" of God? Only if we are given the "Spirit of wisdom and revelation," that is, the Holy Spirit of God!
We need the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit, which is not the same as being "wise". We do not need a superior intelligence, nor a certain mental capacity, nor do we need to use a lot of effort to have an experience of God.
We need the Spirit of Revelation, not a how-to manual, not a series of writings, norms and laws. We need the Holy Spirit revealing within us the love, the greatness and the beauty of God.
Of course, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us who God is by using everything that is at hand: our abilities, our effort, the Word of God, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Teachings of the Church, the writings of the mystics and much more. But what we must not forget is that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus and the Father. It is our relationship with the Holy Spirit that transforms our lives. It is God’s Spirit who will lead us to the complete truth (John 16:13).
However, the Holy Spirit can only do so if we give our permission, if we invoke him, if we express our need of his presence and his action in us.
God has made you a promise: "Your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13), and you can trust that promise. So, is there anything stealing your joy? Is there anything stealing your hope? Is there anything stealing your peace? Is there a sin you cannot overcome? This is the time of the Holy Spirit! Ask him to manifest himself in you. Ask him for everything you need, and give him permission to act in your life. He will do it!
Make a sacred prayer walk, praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit in our Virtual Reality world (no special equipment needed). Give yourself time to be alone with Jesus. Tell him how you feel right now. Tell him why you need peace. Why you need wisdom. Why you need to know the Father more fully. Thank Jesus for being with you all the time. Then invite him to journey with you into this Virtual Reality Sacred Prayer Walk: catholicvr.net/virtual-hidden-water-way-novena/.
Inside the Ministry: I'm amazed by such spiritual hunger
"I seriously appreciate all your effort towards the spreading of the Gospel. I have benefited a lot from this. Please keep on doing this good work." (WhatsApp subscriber in Nigeria)
It's comments like this that have been reinforcing in my mind the importance of providing the resources of Good News Ministries through WhatsApp. We are reaching people who are hungrier for faith-builders than I've seen in any other tool we use.
They live in Malawi and Nigeria and other African nations, as well as India, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, and the USA. Our Spanish version is popular with people in Mexico, Columbia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Panama, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Spain.
A few WhatsApp subscribers have asked me some very basic questions of the Faith after reading a Good News Reflection. One of them wanted help in understanding how to do an examination of conscience for Confession and what to expect in the confessional. Praise the Lord! In the future, I should probably run a course on WhatsApp that is similar to RCIA, designed for those who are already Catholic but have not had much religious education. May God show me how to do it if this is his desire!
Everyone who has donated financial support to Good News Ministries is helping WhatsApp users to grow in faith and learn more about the Catholic Faith and the Bible.