January 20 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our second reading this week from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians tells us all about the Spirit?  He tells us, “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit….But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.”  All gifts that we have come from the Spirit.  They come in different forms according to our needs, but they all come from the same Spirit.  And we act with confidence that God will give us what we need when we need it, in the way we need it through the Spirit.

As Vincentians, we trust completely in the Lord to deliver to us that which we need, believing in God’s Divine Providence.  Today we receive the reassurance that indeed, the Spirit will provide us with the wisdom, the knowledge and the ability to help those who God brings to us for assistance.  We only need to listen for the voice of the Spirit speaking to our hearts and follow where God wishes us in humility and service.  Do I humbly accept God’s will for me?  Do I truly listen for the voice of the Spirit, and open myself to the gifts and graces bestowed on me?  Do I pray to know God’s will, or that God know mine?

Father, help me to hear your voice through the promptings of the Spirit.  Give me the humility to listen for your will in all things.  Allow me to see and use the gifts you give to me for service to others, that I might glorify your name and be a conduit of hope.  Allow me each day to allow your Spirit to be my guiding light.  I pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen

Deacon Mike