Saturday 24th May – Saturday of the 5th week of Easter
Reflection: Acts 16: 1-10
LED BY THE SPIRIT
The power to witness to Jesus is so awesome and abundant. It is born out of God’s call. By our baptism, we are prophets to the nations; speaking boldly the eternal word of Christ and destroying the reign of sin. Let us embrace this truth and act on it with our whole being. God’s Spirit enables us. Just as the scripture says in Acts 1:8, He gives us the power to witness.
The actions of Paul and Timothy in our reading today (Acts 16:6-8) should open our eyes to the source of our authority and power; the Spirit of Jesus. They were directed and prompted by the Holy Spirit because their spirit has been renewed by God’s Spirit (Romans 8:16). Christ has given us His Spirit to quicken our mortal bodies. If this is so, how do we live our daily lives? Do we care about what the Spirit is saying? Dear friends, our spirit is the lamp by which God searches our hearts, and it is by the Holy Spirit we also discern the mind of God (1 Corinthians 2: 9-12). There is need to daily nurture our spirit on the word of God in other for us to clearly recognize His promptings.
God is faithful; He will lead us to our glorious future once we surrender all to him. The human nature will sometimes protest but its tricks should be subdued by the power of God at work in us. When we allow God to use us as He wishes, we cannot be put to shame. Stay blessed.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, quicken my mortal body by your Spirit and help me to respond daily to your invitation of a new experience of your power. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT120 – What does the Holy Spirit do in my life?
The Holy Spirit makes me receptive to God; he teaches me to pray and helps me to be there for others [CCC738-741]
Augustine calls the Holy Spirit “The quiet guest of our soul”. Anyone who wants to sense his presence must be quiet. Often this Guest speaks very softly within us and with us, for instance, in the voice of our conscience or through other interior and exterior promptings.
HIDE A TREASURE: “To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace”. Romans 8:6 GNB
Readings of Today: Acts 16:1-10; Psalm 100:1-5; John 15:18-21