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Pentecost Novena - Day 8

Acts 25:13-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
John 21:15-19

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do you love jesus?

"Peter was hurt because He had asked a third time, 'Do you love Me?' So he said to Him: 'Lord, You know everything. You know well that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed My sheep.' " —John 21:17

If we love Jesus, we will feed His sheep, that is, we will feed God's people with God's Word, for "not on bread alone is man to live but on every utterance that comes from the mouth of God" (Mt 4:4; Dt 8:3). Peter showed his love for Jesus by standing up on the first Pentecost Sunday, proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah, and leading three-thousand people to Jesus and the life in the Spirit (Acts 2:14ff). If we love Jesus, we will stand up this Pentecost 2019 and lead people to Jesus and the Spirit.

We may not have the opportunity to speak to thousands as Peter did, but we will receive phone calls, send text messages and e-mails, and have conversations. We will have opportunities to share Pentecost with a spouse, children, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and friends. We will have a lampstand to let the light of Pentecost shine for all in the house (Lk 11:33). If we are not willing to proclaim the Spirit on the streets, we will not receive the Spirit in the upper room. All Christians are called to live Pentecost, to evangelize, according to the particular calling God has given them in their state of life.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, give me the love that will result in evangelization. May I share the Gospel with at least three people in the next three days.

Promise:  "Instead they differed with him over issues in their own religion, and about a certain Jesus Who had died but Who Paul claimed is alive." —Acts 25:19

Praise:  Mark learned to love "Jesus in disguise" in the poor while volunteering at the soup kitchen.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, order or view our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

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