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<< Sunday, May 13, 2007 >> Sixth Sunday of Easter
 
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

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Psalm 67
John 14:23-29

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TWO MORE WEEKS

 
"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit, and ours too." —Acts 15:28
 

Two more weeks and we reach one of the most important events in our lives, Pentecost. Jesus continues to say: "This much have I told you while I was still with you; the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name, will instruct you in everything, and remind you of all that I told you" (Jn 14:25-26).

We need the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, what Jesus has told us will not become real in our lives. We will then become "distressed or fearful" (Jn 14:27). Without the Spirit, we will make "a pretense of religion but negate its power" (2 Tm 3:5), foster doubt rather than faith, and promote disunity in the body of Christ. We receive the Spirit or stay locked by fear in the upper room (Jn 20:19, 26). We receive the Spirit or see our life's work amount to nothing, for "flesh begets flesh, Spirit begets spirit" (Jn 3:6).

The word "spirit" also means "breath." We need the Holy Spirit as much or even more than we need our life's breath. Begin to wait and pray (Acts 1:4), to pray and thirst (Lk 11:13), to thirst and believe (Jn 7:37), to believe and obey (Acts 5:32). Jesus "breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit' " (Jn 20:22).

 
Prayer: Father, renew my Confirmation. Fill me with the Spirit in a way beyond anything I have ever imagined (Eph 3:20).
Promise: The angel "carried me away in spirit to the top of a very high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God." —Rv 21:10
Praise: Praise the Risen Jesus, Who promised to send the Holy Spirit to instruct us in all things (Jn 14:26). Alleluia!
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Staying Filled With the Spirit on audio AV 57-1 or video V-57.)
 
 
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