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<< Saturday, May 28, 2011 >>
Acts 16:1-10
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Psalm 100:1-3, 5 John 15:18-21
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"They next traveled through Phrygia and Galatian territory, because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia." —Acts 16:6

The Holy Spirit is Lord (2 Cor 3:17, 18). The Holy Spirit, being God, gives orders to us (see Acts 8:29ff) rather than taking orders from us. Paul and his fellow missionaries had to go to Galatia because the Spirit prevented them from going into Asia. Because of Paul's Spirit-led diversion, we have in our Bibles Paul's letter to the Galatians. In Galatia, Paul obviously reflected on the Holy Spirit's guidance, for he tells the Galatians and us:

  • "God lavishes the Spirit on you" (Gal 3:5).
  • "God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son Which cries out 'Abba!' ('Father!')" (Gal 4:6)
  • "It is in the Spirit that we eagerly await the justification we hope for, and only faith can yield it" (Gal 5:5).
  • "The Spirit [lusts] against the flesh" (Gal 5:17).
  • "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness, and chastity" (Gal 5:22, 23).

Sadly, many have stifled (1 Thes 5:19), saddened (Eph 4:30), or even opposed (Acts 7:51) the Holy Spirit. However, the Holy Spirit knows what will succeed far better than we do, and in His mercy "has revealed this wisdom to us" (1 Cor 2:10). The Spirit will instruct us in all things (Jn 14:26) and guide us to all truth (Jn 16:13) and to all places where He wants to send us, such as Galatia. Therefore, "since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's lead" (Gal 5:25). Come, Holy Spirit!

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I will go wherever You send me (see Is 6:8).
Promise: "I [Jesus] chose you out of the world." —Jn 15:19
Praise: Although suffering with mental illness, Josephine endures with faith in God's mercy and with patience.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2011 through May 31, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, XXX 11, 2011.
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