Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

April 27, 2021
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

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 are 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 was once said that the Acts of the Apostles should
actually 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 time
of the church and the church’s active life in the world.
Today’s reading from Acts is a good 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 being killed for
his faith and for preaching in the name of Jesus. Disciples went about the region
teaching and preaching and when they reached Antioch the disciples 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 our world today, we
Christians are under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. All the activity we see
in the wonderful Acts of the Apostles and all the activity of people of faith
throughout the ages of the church are, in reality, is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Question of the Day: How will your life be guided by the Holy Spirit of God?
Prayer: Lord, send us Your Spirit of life. Help us to be aware of the wonders
that are accomplished by Your Holy Spirit working in the minds, hearts and
bodies of people of faith. Help us to be grateful that we are inspired by 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.

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