Scripture: "And the angel said to her in reply, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of The Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, The Son of God'" (Luke 1:35).
Reflection: We see the action of The Holy Spirit throughout the infancy narrative. He is the one at work here. God The Holy Spirit is bringing Christ to us. He is implementing the plan. He is making things happen. Jesus is conceived by the power of The Holy Spirit. The angel tells Zechariah that John the Baptist "will be filled with The Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb" (Luke 1:15). When Mary reached Elizabeth the infant in her womb leaped for joy and "filled with The Holy Spirit, she cried out in a loud voice and said Most blessed are you among women" (Luke 1:42). The angel Gabriel reassures Joseph telling him not to be afraid because "it is through The Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived" (Matt 1:20) The Holy Spirit later guides the shepherds and the three Kings to encounter Jesus. The Holy Spirit is also active in our own lives. The Holy Spirit can come upon us, and guide us, and help us to grow in holiness.
Questions: Do I allow The Spirit of God to guide me? Am I open to the actions of The Holy Spirit in my own life? Do I trust Him?
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me to let your Spirit into my life. Help me to stop trying to lead you in the direction I want to go. Help me to instead allow you to lead me where you want me to go. Help me not to be afraid of where you will take me. Help me to trust your plan and be at peace, because The Spirit of Christ will be with me wherever I go. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.