FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Seventh Monday of Easter Time
June 3, 2019
WORD of the DAY
“Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19: 2 )
“Have you made your Confirmation?” This is how we could simplify the question asked by Paul to the Ephesians. They can answer that they know only the prehistory of Christianity. They know of the invitation to conversion made by Young Baptist and of the sign of the immersion in the Jordan that symbolized it. Nothing more.
Paul understands that they are ready and, as on fertile soil, he sows the seed of the Gospel, which gives meaning and significance to every conversion. He does this by stretching out his hands and invoking the Holy Spirit, the gift left by Jesus before His death. The breath of Jesus, of God enters them and transforms them. That vital breath regenerates them in love and gives them the courage to be witnesses.
Lord, the gift of the Spirit has courage as its effect. In the Spirit we see simple people becoming daring and capable of great things. How many times fear determines our choices, reduces our desires, cancels our intuitions. How often we reject the strength that comes to us from the Spirit and we prefer comfortable, ‘normal’ solutions. Forgive us Lord whenever we deny the life of the Spirit in us.
The Voice of the Sequence of the Holy Spirit
Greatest Comforter, sweet guest of the soul, sweetest relief.