16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness. (Romans 8:26)
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16;Romans 8:26-27;Matthew 13:24-43
If you remember nothing else about St. Paul, remember this: he loved to talk about the Holy Spirit! For just one example, take a look at chapter eight of his Letter to the Romans, and you’ll see:
The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
The Spirit helps us fulfill the just requirements of the law. (8:4)
The Spirit gives us life and peace. (8:6)
God will raise us up from the dead by the Spirit. (8:11)
The Spirit helps us put to death the misdeeds of the body. (8:13)
The Spirit convinces us that we are children of God. (8:14)
The Spirit is the foretaste of our full redemption. (8:23)
Paul goes even further in today’s reading. He tells us that beyond all the points he has made so far, beyond the theology that he has outlined in this chapter, the Holy Spirit is also an intimate and compassionate friend. The Spirit knows you. He loves you. Because he is God, he knows better than anyone how to help you.
So always be encouraged when you feel at a loss or when difficulties come your way. Remember that the Spirit of God makes intercession for you. Remember that your heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of the Holy Spirit. And always keep this in mind: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:26-31).
“Thank you, Father, for the gift of your Holy Spirit. I welcome your Spirit into my life today. Help me to yield to his work in my heart.”~WAU