In the Gospel of Luke chapter 8, Jesus is in the country of the Gerasenes, healing many people. Near the end of the chapter, Jesus heals the leader’s daughter who had been proclaimed dead. St. Luke writes that Jesus called to the girl, “Child, get up!” and “Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.” It was the spirit that returned, giving her body life.
Many years ago I was taught this simple prayer, “Come Holy Spirit, clear out my mind so that I can pray.” I have a mind that races, meaning it doesn’t turn off easily, like a pinball rocketing to and fro through its game board, bouncing from one idea to the next, and coincidentally from one emotion to the next. This prayer helps calm me down and sometimes gets myself out of the way so I can hear God.
I wonder how frequently each day I let the clattering thoughts in my mind push the Holy Spirit away? As with the young girl in the gospel, it isn’t our minds or physicality that make us able to walk with God each day; rather clear minds and ears to hear God’s voice calling each of us to “get up!” and a heart and spirit that are willing to do so.