Today is Monday the 25 October, in the 30th week of Ordinary time.
Jeremy Riddle sings, ‘Fall Afresh’.As you listen and begin to pray today, you might like to gently repeat the words, ‘come, Holy Spirit’.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
We have two opposites facing us in today’s reading: the flesh and the Spirit. Hold both of these in your mind’s eye… How do you imagine them in your life?
What does it look like in your life when you are living according to the flesh?
What does it look like conversely when you are living according to the Spirit?
As you listen to the reading again, is there a word or phrase that catches your attention or stays with you…?
“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.”You might like to end today’s prayer by reflecting on these words as a reminder of the spirit God has given you… a spirit of adoption. Bring your reflections to God now…
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.