"Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal. Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure the wrath of God." —John 3:36
Peter and John told the Sanhedrin: "Better for us to obey God than men!" (Acts 5:29) This meant: "Better for us to teach about Jesus' name than be intimidated by your threats" (see Acts 5:28). Because Peter and John stifled fear instead of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Thes 5:19), they received the Spirit in even greater abundance, for the Spirit is "given to those that obey" the Lord (Acts 5:32).
How can we apply this part of the Bible to our times? Should we say:
"Better for us not to pay federal income taxes than to fund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry"?
"Better for us to be fired from our jobs than miss an opportunity to share our faith in Jesus"?
"Better for us to home-school our children than expose them to brainwashing from secular humanism"?
"Better to be attacked or mocked at work or school than tolerate pornography, profane language, racist remarks, or gossip"?
"Better to be shunned by the crowd than compromise the truth"?
"Better for us to be pure than popular"?
If we truly choose "the better part" (Lk 10:42), we will not sadden the Holy Spirit but receive an unrationed (Jn 3:34), lavish (Ti 3:6) outpouring of the rivers of the Holy Spirit (Jn 7:37ff). The Spirit is given to those who disobey the world in obeying God.
Prayer: Father, give me the Holy Spirit of disobedience.
Promise: "The One Whom God has sent speaks the words of God; He does not ration His gift of the Spirit." —Jn 3:34
Praise: Gloria works part-time so she can spend the rest of her week serving the poor and worshiping the Lord at daily Mass.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, October 10, 1995
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 13, 1995
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