Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
If you are like me, a little bit of renewal is welcome right now. The dreary cold of winter compounded with feeling more isolated over the holidays due to the pandemic has made the spring even sweeter.
Every morning this past week, I have been greeted by the calm, cool renewal of a new day. The blue sky has already been waking up for a few hours, and our bird feeders are full of red-winged blackbirds, phoebes, and various wrens singing. I try to stop each day on the way to Nazareth Farm to take in the scene, to start the day with gratitude and awe for creation, to ask the Holy Spirit to descend.
Especially now, after a year of unimaginable difficulty and the hope of some normalcy returning, we need the Holy Spirit to enter our daily lives. We need the Holy Spirit to breathe peace over us so we may go out into the world as Jesus calls us to. Very often this year, I have seen countless ways humanity has not honored Christ in each other. Pentecost may end our Easter season, but it also propels us forward with a reminder the resurrected Jesus is in each of us and in each person we encounter.
- How can you welcome the Holy Spirit this week?
- How can you welcome others into the Body of Christ?
Allyson Petry is the director of Nazareth Farm, a small, intentional Catholic community living and working in rural West Virginia. When not behind a desk, she enjoys joining her staff on home repair projects and visiting neighbors.