Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Acts 19:1-8 | Ps. 68:2 – 7 | John 16:29-33

The apostles tell Jesus that they now believe that He has come from God.  Jesus warns them that though they say they believe, they will soon be overtaken by fear, scatter and leave Him alone.  Yet, He also tells them that He is not alone because He knows that the Father is with Him.  He tells them that they will be persecuted; but, they need to have courage because He has conquered the world.  We see this courage exhibited by Paul as he preaches to the Ephesians about the Holy Spirit and boldly proclaims the Word of Jesus in the synagogues.  We must be willing to face opposition if we are to bring the Word of God to the World.  We will not be alone.  As Jesus was not alone, neither will we.  Jesus’ words to the apostles are words spoken to us.  The Holy Spirit has been given to us to direct us.  We are called to believe in this.  

Today, consider the ways in which the Holy Spirit has been a part of your life.  How have you been given strength, peace, and joy as you lived your daily life?  Spend time with these memories.  Allow God to touch you with His Spirit again.  Cherish God’s love poured out for you.

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