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Here is today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”’

Ask, seek, knock – for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Carmelite Sr Miriam of the Holy Spirit wrote in one of her poems: ‘To live with the Spirit of God is to be a listener. / It is to keep the vigil of mystery, / earthless and still. / One leans to catch the stirring of the Spirit, / strange as the wind’s will. / The soul that walks where the wind of the Spirit blows / turns like a wandering weather-vane toward love’.

May God bless you in this seeking and listening, and may you catch the true echoes of the Spirit today, and be blessed in so doing.