Day 8, Thursday November 8th, Glorious Mysteries
The promise of Jesus is fulfilled with the coming of the Holy Spirit. The apostles are once again locked in a room together. Even though they have seen the risen Christ with their own eyes, they are still confused and afraid. They have been given their own missions but don’t know where to begin. They lived with Jesus every day. They heard Him speak and saw His works, but they still don’t fully understand. Like us, they were weak and afraid. Like us they were incapable of living God’s will without the help of His grace. Jesus knew this would be the case for He knew and loved His disciples. As always, Jesus was patient. He knew them and knew what to do. He sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen them and to enlighten them. They accepted the Holy Spirit, and it gave them strength and wisdom. They now understood what they must do. They were no longer afraid. They were willing to die, if they must, to fulfill their missions—just as Christ did.
Like Christ’s disciples, it is up to us to accept this gift into our lives. When we do, the confusion and fear about where and how to begin our personal missions melts away and certainty replaces it. The Holy Spirit, once accepted into our lives, speaks to us in many ways. He comes into our thoughts. He speaks through our conscious and through signs all around us. He gives us guidance and direction, strength, and grace to carry out God’s will.