The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #7 A Strong Driving Wind

By Fr. Ron Will

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Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, so today we will visit Jerusalem along with the apostles and experience the coming of the Holy Spirit to ourselves.

As our churches and businesses are gradually opening, we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to make good decisions about our next steps, so let’s invite a personal encounter with that Holy Spirit during this prayer time.

Let’s enter into this contemplative prayer by sitting up straight in our chair. Relax. Let go of any distractions, intentions. Let go of anything on your to-do list for today. Set it aside for now

Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in the new life of spring, of Easter, and of Pentecost. Breathe out any negative thoughts, any anxieties about yourself or about your loved ones or about our world.

I invite you to enter more deeply into our meditation by prayerfully singing along or simply listening:

There is a longing in my heart for you, oh Lord, to reveal yourself to me.
There is a longing in my heart for love, I only find in you, my God.

As I read from the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11, I invite you to close your eyes and visualize the action in your mind’s eye.

Then Peter stood up with The Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “Let this be known to you … and listen to my words …”

[Fr. Ron Will, a Precious Blood priest and spiritual director, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and Creighton University’s School of Christian Spirituality. He has a special interest in helping form intentional disciples of Jesus, encouraging others to go spiritually deep-sea diving to explore a deeper relationship with God, and walking with people as they dive into the ocean of God’s mystery actually experiencing God rather than simply dipping one’s toe into the water.]

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