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<< Sunday, May 11, 1997 >> 7th Sunday of Easter
Pentecost Novena - Day 3

 
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Psalm 103

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1 John 4:11-16
John 17:11-19

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REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

 
"May another take his office." —Acts 1:20
 

During this Pentecost novena, we must replace our Judases with Matthiases. The apostles had spent nearly every day with Judas for about three years. After he sold Christ for thirty pieces of silver and then committed suicide, the apostles were probably traumatized, guilt-ridden, and confused. They had to deal with this catastrophe before they could receive the Holy Spirit of Pentecost. They had to replace the pain associated with Judas with the peace and healing associated with Matthias.

To receive the Holy Spirit this Pentecost, you too may have to replace the trauma of a divorce with the grace of forgiveness and healing. If you have been abused physically, emotionally, or sexually, you may need to replace your pain with the miracle of God's love.

Because of being hurt and rejected, we usually try to forget about the Judases who have walked away from our lives, but we must replace them. First, we must forgive our Judases. Then, we must ask the Lord to work all things together for our good (Rm 8:28) by replacing dis-grace with grace. The miracle of Matthias precedes the miracle of Pentecost.

 
Prayer: Father, I take my pain to the cross and let the crucified Jesus heal and transform me.
Promise: "Consecrate them by means of truth — 'Your word is truth.' " —Jn 17:17
Praise: Alleluia! Jesus is risen and ascended to the right hand of the Father! I praise You, King of kings and Lord of lords! Alleluia!
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 9, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 15, 1996
 
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