This is from Fr Victor's meditation for Sunday-after-next. He's from Columbia and works best in Spanish, so I translate that Spanish to English for him. This meditation is based on 1 Kings 19:4-8
Don't make the Holy Spirit sad
"Sadden" means to put out the flame that burns within us. To be sad is to die
without hope of being able to begin anew.
The Prophet Elijah had been fleeing from his enemies; he was sad and without
hope, he rebelled [spoke] against God, he had fallen ill and weak. While he
was sleeping, an angel of the Lord woke him and offered him a meal. The Angel
urged him to keep on walking without losing his courage; today's reading says
that Elijah walked 40 days and nights before arriving at the Mountain.
Whatever situation you are living today in your life is a cause for
maintaining courage and continuing in your path. Strengthen your confidence, go
forward without looking back at the things you left behind. Confidence makes
miracles! Walk with the strength and power God gives you through his Holy
Spirit. Don't make the Spirit of God sad!
Our own 40-day and night journey is our own journey to God's Mountain, for which we deeply need the food of God's Word.
In faith, Dave
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