| Daily Office Readings 9 February 2019 |
AM Psalm 75, 76; PM Psalm 23, 27 Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29
Ponder #9: Guided by the Spirit
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5: 25)
The assumption that St Paul is making here is that the Galatians are trying to live by the Spirit. So he begins by saying, “If” we live by…” The word “If” is always a pivotal point. Paul says this being so, “living by” transcends into being “guided by.” To be guided by the Holy Spirit requires us to calm down. It surely can happen, but we need to prepare for it.
I heard my friend and Canon for Diocesan life, Sonny Browne, say yesterday at our Diocesan Convenion that his Grandmother long ago told people during the onset of a major storm to “Come in, sit down, be quiet and wait.” I think to live by the Spirit we too should take time to come in, sit down, be quiet and wait and invite the Spirit into ourselves. Only then can we also be guided by the Spirit.
Notice that when we are guided the Spirit we may then look upon one another in love. Being guided by the Spirit, Paul says, we will not become conceited, or compete against one another or envy one another.
The Holy Spirit of God is one of compassion not competition. Thank you Sonny for passing on your Grandmother’s inspiring words.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)