NINE DAYS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name." –John 16:23
Today we begin the Pentecost novena, nine days of prayer in preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. On this first day of the novena, Jesus tells us to ask for the Spirit in His name (Jn 16:23). Jesus says: "The heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him" (Lk 11:13).
We need these nine days to prepare us to ask rightly (see Jas 4:2-3). "We will receive at His hands whatever we ask" provided that "our consciences have nothing to charge us with" (1 Jn 3:22, 21). Thus, the Lord wants us to focus on repentance during this novena.
Repent and go to Confession. Pray with others. Pray with Mary. Receive the Holy Spirit!
PRAYER: Father, I ask You in Jesus' name to prepare my heart to be a worthy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.