Day 7 COTL Holy Spirit Charisms and Fruits Novena
Novena for the Charisms and
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit
When he returned, having received the kingly power, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading. The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
Today’s scripture is a parable Jesus told about a master who entrusted his servants with his money and asked them to trade with the money until his return. We know that the servants who were faithful and obedient were rewarded, and the servant that was fearful was punished.
One of the keys to this parable lies in what the master said to the faithful servant upon His return. The master says, “you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.” Wow, that is quite a reward! I doubt the servant thought he would ever govern over ten cities for a simple act of obedience. The reward for his faithfulness far exceeded what the servant did to deserve it. This highlights a spiritual truth; God is generous. This parable illustrates that faithfulness in the small calls forth the generosity of God.
Our human ego is tempted to want to do great things for God so that in some way God “owes” us something in return. Obedience in the small or a faithful act that never gets noticed just doesn’t seem worth the time. Who will notice faithfulness to the small things such as kindness to a stranger or visiting the sick? Jesus said, “when you do this to the least of my brothers you do it for me.” (Matt 25:40). Faithfulness to what God is asking in the small and unnoticed isn’t impressive to man, but it opens the generosity of God.
The Gift of Miracles is an extravagant generosity of God that transcends the natural and demonstrates His power and glory and sovereignty over creation. Resurrection miracles, multiplication of food, legs lengthening, metal, and screws disappearing from repaired bones are just a few examples. Jesus of course routinely performed the miraculous by the power of the Holy Spirit. But Jesus said, “he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12) Greater things than Jesus?
Who was the most faithful man in history? Jesus of course. Jesus’ faithfulness to his mission as savior and redeemer called forth the mercy and generosity of the Father to all mankind. Jesus’ act of obedience created a benefit of salvation that was extravagant beyond what we deserved. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
The gift of miracles, like much of the work of the Holy Spirit, is a mystery. We can’t earn it. We can’t merit it. Like all the Charismatic gifts it is pure grace, freely given at the will of the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all. If we want to grow in this gift, one sure path we know from our scripture for today; be faithful in the small, and our reward will be great.
Holy Spirit, you are generous beyond measure. I need more of your grace as I fight the temptation to try and impress you with my works and merits. Holy Spirit, I know that you are the gift. I surrender myself to you and ask for the grace of faithfulness. If it pleases you, increase the gift of Miracles in my life, that I would be your instrument in testifying to the great Love you have for your creation.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen. Come Holy Spirit!
City of the Lord Arizona Branch
on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1:04PM