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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Reflection 2021-04-12 Monday Week 2 in Easter

Acts 4:23-31; Psalm 2; John 3:1-8
The Readings slowly introduce the Holy Spirit. The First Reading has the Holy Spirit speaking through David. It ends with the Holy Spirit manifesting himself in the shaking of the place they gathered. The prayer gives an idea of what the Holy Spirit does: grant your servants to speak your word with boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to speak the word of God. He heals and performs signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. The disciples did not pray for the end of persecution or for the end of suffering. Instead, they prayed for boldness and for the continued manifestation of the power of God through Jesus.
When Nicodemus came to visit Jesus, Jesus told him I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit… The wind blows where it chooses and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit. One needs to be born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom. He blows, that means there is power in the Spirit. We do not see where he is going, but we know he is there.
When we are in situations that are uncertain, we may not know the result, but we are sure the Spirit is present and when he is present, he is working with power.
In these times of lock downs, many have lost their jobs and are overwhelmed in their situations. Worries come as to how to pay the bills. These are our share in the suffering of Christ. We cannot avoid these, but we know in all these the Spirit is with us, if we surrender our situation to him. He will move in our lives. We may not know how he moves just now. But as Jesus said he blows where he chooses. We hear the sound but we do not know where he comes from or where he goes. We look at our lives and entrust it to the Lord. The Psalm today tells us happy are all who put their trust in the Lord. There is no exception because the Psalm says ALL. When we trust in the Lord, the problems we have may not be solved immediately, but we know God is with us and his Holy Spirit is moving. Where he is taking us, we do not know, but this we know: he will take us to where he wants us to go.
Lord, I am overwhelmed. But I surrender my life to you and give you permission to work in it. Therefore, stretch out your hand and do with my life as you will. Work mightily Lord so tat your Word may be proclaimed for your glory.

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