In 2 Kings, the prophet Elisha had only one request of his master, Elijah: "I want a double portion of your spirit." And he was granted it... why? This is surely due, in part, to his full acceptance of the trials and sufferings that a prophet of the Lord would necessarily encounter, proving that he had the right motivations for receiving this spirit. Jesus also made motivations an important aspect of his teaching on almsgiving, prayer, and fasting in the second major portion of his Sermon on the Mount (Matt 6). While a hypocrite practices these disciplines to be esteemed, the Christian disciple does so for the sake of his or her relationship with the Father. With this focus on right relationship with God firmly practiced, the disciple then can act in the world in a way consistent with the will of God through docility to his Spirit. Pray for a double portion of the Holy Spirit today, but pray first for the right motivations in receiving him!
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on June 17, 2020, Wednesday of the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time