Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 11:19-26, Psalm 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7, & John 10:22-30
The readings during the Easter season are what I would like to describe as "beautifully energetic." Most especially the readings from the Acts of the Apostles due to its almost breathless quality. There is so much going on, and it is all happening so quickly. It has been said that the Acts of the Apostles should be called the 'Acts of the Holy Spirit' since they are so Spirit-related. After the death and Resurrection of Christ, it is now the time of the Holy Spirit, the era of the Church, and the Church's active life in the world.
Today's reading from Acts is an excellent example of the energy I mentioned. The scene takes place after the death of the first martyr, Stephen. People are "scattered" by the persecution of the Church that follows Stephen's execution for his faith and preaching in the name of Jesus. The disciples taught and preached all about the region, and when they reached Antioch, they were first called Christians. Great numbers turned to the Lord!
When we think of the tremendous growth of the newly formed community of women and men who turned to Jesus, we must conclude that it is due to the work of the Holy Spirit. God, the Holy Spirit, guided those first leaders and teachers of the faith regardless of the difficulties they faced.
Friends, from the time of the Acts of the Apostles to today, we as Christians are under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. All the activity throughout the extraordinary Acts of the Apostles and the people throughout the ages of the Church are, in reality, the work of the Holy Spirit.
Question of the Day: How will the Holy Spirit of God guide your life?
Prayer: Lord, send us Your Spirit of life. Help us to be aware of the wonders accomplished by the Holy Spirit working in the minds, hearts, and bodies of Your faithful. Help us to be grateful that we are inspired and informed by Your Spirit as we live our lives in fidelity to faith in Your Son Jesus, who continues to live in and through as the Risen Christ. Amen.