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Pope St. John I
Pentecost Novena — Day 9

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Psalm 11:4-5, 7
John 21:20-25

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the spirit of infinity

“With full assurance and without any hindrance whatever, he preached the reign of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” —Acts 28:31

Paul was under house arrest for two years in Rome (Acts 28:16, 30). Before that, he was in prison for two additional years (Acts 24:27). Prior to that, he was in prison several other times (see 2 Cor 11:23). Trial, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, and the sword made it very difficult for Paul to preach the Gospel (Rm 8:35). Nevertheless, the last word of Acts of the Apostles is that Paul preached God’s kingdom with full assurance and without any hindrance (Acts 28:31).

Jesus is God and therefore infinite. If the Apostle John had written about the many other things Jesus had done in a few short years on this earth, he doubted “there would be room enough in the entire world to hold the books to record them” (Jn 21:25). Because Jesus is infinite and because we are in Him, we are unstoppable — no matter how many human limitations we have and how great are the obstacles we face. We are unhindered because He is infinite.

We enter into the infinity and victory of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. In one Spirit we have been baptized into the one Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13). On this last day of the Pentecost Novena, pray: “Come, infinite Spirit transcending our finitude and making us free, unhindered, and victorious.”

Prayer:  Father, this Pentecost, may it be apparent to all who see me that I am obviously more than a conqueror in Jesus (Rm 8:37).

Promise:  “Jesus replied, ‘How does that concern you? Your business is to follow Me.’ ” —Jn 21:22

Praise:  Pope St. John I was imprisoned by the king, but freed by the King of the universe.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Power in the Holy Spirit, listen to, order or download our CD 64-1 or DVD 64 on our website.)

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