In 1Kings 19, we read of the Prophet
Elijah who, once strengthened by food provided by God, walks forty days and
forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb. On the mountain, Elijah hears God
speak to him in a "a tiny whispering sound" (1 Kings 19:12). Here,
Elijah receives key revelation from God on what he is to do next (see 1 Kings
19:15-18). Intercessors need to receive these "whispers of light" from
God in order to both grow in holiness through adherence to God's word, and also
in order to be "informed" to know how to pray for others, and what to pray for
in any given situation.
Pope St. John Paul II has spoken about
the pierced heart of Jesus as being the "source" from which the Holy Spirit
"Through the Heart of His Son,
pierced on the Cross, the Father has freely given us everything...Jesus has
said, "If I go away, I will send him to you" (John 16:7). His pierced heart
bears witness that he 'has gone away'. Now he sends the Spirit of truth. The
water that flows from his pierced side is the sign of the Holy Spirit"
(John Paul II; L'Osservator Romano, 27 Oct.,1986, p.3).
We keep in
mind that it was after Jesus was already dead on the cross that his heart was
pierced, and the "torrent was released": This is the river that flows from the
pierced heart of the "New Adam", the Lamb of God. This confirms what Jesus has
referred to about himself in John's gospel: "Rivers of living water will
flow from within him" (John 7:38). St. Hilary confirms this as well, and
also refers to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as he says:
"The river of God is brimming with
water; That is to say, we are inundated by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and
from that fountain of life, the river of God pours into us in full flood" ("From
a discourse on the psalms by Saint Hilary, bishop"; cited in LH, vol. IV,p.
Chapter 24 of The Book of Sirach
describes several of these gifts of the Holy Spirit as being like several of
the branches of the river that rises in Paradise,the Garden of Eden:
"It (the book of the Most High's
covenant) overflows like the Pishon, with wisdom...it runs over, like
the Euphrates, withunderstanding...it sparkles like the Nile with
"radiant river"of the Holy Spirit flows from the pierced heart of the Lamb,
illuminating these "mystical treasures"--these seven gifts of the Holy
Spirit--that flow within This Source of light and spiritual illumination.
Intercessors come to the wounded side of the Lamb to drink deeply of the
Spirit, and to be equipped with these seven, precious gems of eternal light.
Each of these gifts is a "luminous whisper" from the pierced heart of the Lamb
to the heart of an intercessor.Each gift has revelatory power, lighting
the way when one is praying for someone, or praying into some situation. Jesus
possesses these seven "mystical gifts" in their fullness: "From his
fullness we have all received" (John 1:16).
Like the sacrament of Baptism, the
sacrament of Confirmation marks us as totally belonging to Jesus, clothes us
"with power from on high", and increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.
God equips those who belong to him! (see This is Our Faith, by Michael
Pennock; p. 191; and Luke 24:49). In subsequent teachings, we will begin to
explore each of these seven "mystical treasures".
I aware of certain gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in my life more than
are some of the most recent "whispers of light" that I am aware of having heard
from the Lord?
Any scripture from the text; John 4:14; 1 Cr. 2:9-10; 1 Cr.