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<< Sunday, April 29, 2007 >> Fourth Sunday of Easter
 
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Revelation 7:9, 14-17

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Psalm 100
John 10:27-30

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I DON'T KNOW MUCH, BUT...

 
"The disciples could not but be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." —Acts 13:52
 

In the missals used by parishes ten years ago, the above verse is translated: "The disciples knew only how to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." What a great description this is for a disciple of Jesus Christ!

Disciples shake off the dust (Acts 13:51) of rejection, persecution, failure, prejudice, mistreatment, anger, bitterness, etc. They walk away from it and move on. This is part of the reason Jesus commanded His disciples to travel lightly. You can't travel very far if you're carrying a lot of spiritual baggage around.

After we disciples have completely shaken off all such dust, we never look back (see Lk 9:62). We refuse to resurrect old wounds, for love does not remember past injuries (1 Cor 13:5). We "give no thought to what lies behind but push on to what is ahead" (Phil 3:13). We "keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" (Heb 12:2).

If, in imitation of our heavenly Father, we've forgiven and forgotten so much (see Jer 31:34), what remains on our minds? All that's left is to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). We have empty memories and full hearts. "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22). "Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice!" (Phil 4:4)

 
Prayer: Father, nothing can separate me from Your love except my own free will. Take my will and give me Your will in return.
Promise: "He will lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." —Rv 7:17
Praise: Praise the Risen Jesus, Who fills us with His joy and His spirit. Alleluia!
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
 
 
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 16, 2006.
 
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