Day 166 – June 15

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 9-10
Acts 2:1-21
Job 10

“…there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance..” – Acts 2:3-4

Pentecost. The day promised by the Lord Jesus. The Comforter, the Paraclete had come at last. It is the day of wonder in the Church, a day where men hiding in fear found their courage to speak. It was a day that not only transformed the Apostles, it transformed the landscape of Jerusalem. The wonder and awe experienced by the Christians that day could not be contained; they had to go out and tell others what they now understood. Jesus is the Messiah! God has walked among us! Pentecost became the moment that frightened men found their courage to proclaim the Good News, at all costs. Let us ask the Lord Jesus to send down His Spirit anew into our hearts, renew our fervor to speak of the things of God.

May God bless you.

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Day 165 – June 14

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 7-8
Acts 1
Job 9

“The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.” – Acts 1:1-2

The first chapter of the Book of Acts of the Apostles, we have a brief account of the Gospels, told through the eyes of Luke (assumed to be the author), in a letter to a person named Theophilus. It mentions how ‘in the first account’ – the Gospel of Luke – he told the story of Jesus in details; he is now setting the stage for the post-Jesus era, during a time when Christians were disliked and persecuted. One purpose of the Acts is to show the unfolding of the Apostolic age, and the spreading of the Good News of Jesus from a small band of 120 believers, to make Jesus accessible to all people.

In the coming week as we unpack this book of the Bible, we have the opportunity to enter into the adventure of the early followers of The Way, and imagine if we were one of 120 Christians in a land populated by 4,000,000 Jews, a ratio of 1:30,000! We would be keenly aware of our need for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to give us courage to live and profess our faith. Let us keep our current climate in mind, and how we are called to continue the work of the first disciples today, as we walk these days on the dusty roads of Palestine in the Scriptures. May the inspired Word of God give us hope where we are sent to be a light to the nations, today.

May God bless you.

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Day 155 – June 4

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 11-12
John 14
Psalm 149

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, 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 said to you. – John 14:25-26

Jesus is preparing the disciples for his going to the Father, and the coming of the Holy Spirit who will instruct them in the truth. This promise of the Holy Spirit is fulfilled on the Feast of Pentecost which is celebrated today, 50 days after Easter.

Jesus promised an advocate to come and instruct them in truth. The Holy Spirit, also called the Comforter, Intercessor, Guide, Revealer, Teacher, Witness, is to be with us, so we are not alone in our battles, but can rely on His gifts to come to our aide.

Today, let us turn to the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, asking for the sevenfold gifts of grace. Wisdom. Understanding, Fortitude, Fear of the Lord, Patience, Counsel, and Knowledge. The embracing of these gifts in our lives will be manifest by the fruits of the spirit, as a testimony of our growing in faith.

Come Holy Spirit, teach us all things, that we may truly become one, in faith and love of God.

May God bless you.

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Day 123 – May 3

Today’s Readings:

1 Samuel 23-24
Luke 22:31-46
Psalm 119:97-120

He said to them, “When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?” “No, nothing,” they replied. He said to them, “But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one.”  – Luke 22:35-36

Jesus seems to be contradicting himself in this passage as he speaks to his inner circle of disciples. The were to go forth and preach, and depend solely on God’s providence for their daily bread. Now he seems to have done a 180 degree turn in reverse, advising the disciples to to take a purse, a sack to carry belongs and even a sword!

What does this mean? This is a passage where we can see literal interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures can lead one into trouble. Not everything Jesus said was in a literal context, so we need to have a deeper look into the passage.

Jesus and his disciples are entering into a time of extreme crisis, and the passage is a call for readiness. It is no longer the time to calmly go forth and preach and teach, depending on the goodwill of others. In their future they will find hostility; they will be like sheep among wolves. The warning is now a call to resourcefulness; it is a time to take stock of one’s interior life, stocking up on the fruits of prayer and divine assistance of the Holy Spirit (the sword of the Spirit, perhaps?).

How do we approach our day? Do we find ourselves picking up our spiritual weapons of prayer, sacramentals and Sacraments more consistently? Are we readying our souls for the day when Jesus comes again? We may seem we are not in a time of urgency like the first disciples of Christ. Yet, we are called to be ready always.

May God bless you.

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