Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 16, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Acts of the Apostles 16:1-10

Psalm 100

John 15:18-21

 

Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles give us a glimpse of the early Church.  It is amazing to think about how the Church community grew.  Recalling the cowardly action of Jesus’ followers, who were present at the time of His death, how was this group of individuals so successful in spreading the Word?  The Church multiplied in numbers and grew exponentially; the whole image is hard to believe.  Today’s readings give us an explanation of how the accomplishments of this small group were made strong by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Paul and his disciples are spreading God’s Word, traveling from Derbe to Macedonia (modern day Turkey and then into Greece.)  In the reading Paul is directed by means of a vision to bypass some of the communities they were planning to stop in and go instead to help the people of Macedonia.  If Paul had acted on his own, would so much have been accomplished in his lifetime?  So many conversions took place because Paul and the other followers listened to the Holy Spirit.  What a powerful example to apply to our own lives and individual ministries.

By the words of the Psalmist we hear that, “God made us and we belong to God.”  This is another invitation for us to be called to daily prayer and to share our gifts of faith, hope and love with others.  

If we choose to accept today’s invitation to listen to the Spirit, then the words in John’s Gospel also brings comfort and assurance as we begin to separate ourselves from the pack.  We have now learned that is just fine to be different.  If we were of this world, the world would understand us, but God has called us out of the world.  The world hated the Son, and the world put the Son to death. 

In listening to the Word today let us go forward, confident in asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.  Then we will accomplish amazing things and further the work of building the Kingdom which was begun so long ago.  A Kingdom built with integrity, we too seek the Truth and wish to live up to higher standards that the world sets. 

Question of the Day:  How will you accept Jesus’ invitation to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, turn to me and fill me with Your Grace and your Wisdom, let me live a holy life and be pleasing to You.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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