Benjamin West, c.1801
Denver Art Museum
Depending on where you live in the United States, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord occurs on the Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter (40 days after Easter) or is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant ascension into heaven. It is a foreshadowing of our own ascension to heaven.
“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3
This is our hope and our assurance. Jesus also promises to send us the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth.
“And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you…These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:16-17, 25-26
The Holy Spirit is known by many different titles: Advocate, Consoler, Comforter, Counselor, Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Wisdom and the Spirit of Truth. It is through the work of the Holy Spirit in us that we are able to live out our mission as Christians, and vocation to marriage. Life is hard. We are constantly bombarded with choices and decisions, especially in our families. There is so much in our culture that is at odds with our Catholic faith. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us in all wisdom and truth.
“But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me.” John 15:26
Have you ever prayed to the Holy Spirit? Some people pray to God the Father and others to Jesus, but not many think of praying to the Holy Spirit for guidance when making decisions. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His disciples that it was good for Him to go so that He could send the Holy Spirit.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
During this coming week leading up to Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured down on the disciples in the Upper Room, please join us in praying for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our marriages and families.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit in Your Marriage
Dear Lord Jesus, may we yield to your Holy Spirit in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. May we submit our wills to your will and may we follow as you lead us. We pray that we are docile to the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand all things according to your most holy will. We pray that we would be living examples of your Gospel. May your Holy Spirit be poured out on us abundantly, giving us the courage and strength to live our faith boldly, so we may be examples of virtue for others to see. We pray that you would unite us in our marriage and for all husbands and wives, so that we may reflect your love, forgiveness, tenderness, and mercy.
O God, please pour out your blessings upon our family and guide us in all wisdom and truth, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.