Monday of the Second Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 4:23-31, Psalm 2:1-3, 4-6, 7-9, & John 3:1-8
Every once in a while, I suspect that we all run across people who seemly have an unlimited amount of energy. I become a bit envious and wonder from where do they get all that energy. Is there any way they could bottle up a bit and let me have what's leftover?
On another level, we know of others who seem to have extraordinary dedication and unfailing kindness of goodness and charity. There are those whose faith is so deep and reliable that they are the kind of people we delight in being near. From where does all this come?
In light of today's scripture, the answer to that question is, to begin with, these observations; it certainly does not come from themselves. Or, in words from John's Gospel narrative, Jesus tells us that no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. That is the power of faith, love, and extraordinary dedication that comes from God's Spirit dwelling deep within us.
The Acts of the Apostles' reading repeats over and over again, supported by abundant evidence that the early believers were not propelled by themselves. They, too, were filled with the Holy Spirit of God and continued to speak God's Word with confidence.
We are their spiritual descendants and live by the Spirit. We must be conscious that something more is at work within and around us. We must pray ad act by consciously acknowledging the Holy Spirit as our source of energy and vitality.
Question of the Day: How will you employ your strength and endurance to answer the call of the Holy Spirit of God and become a dedicated disciple of Christ?
Prayer: "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth." Amen.