May the Lord grant you grace, and peace in the Holy Spirit. It is on 16th May 2023. The readings are from Acts 16:22-34; and the Gospel from John 16:5-11.
Can God bring something good out of a catastrophe? Or Is it possible to praise and glorify God amidst suffering, pain and persecution?
The Holy Spirit strengthens us to face loss, sickness, and sadness in life.
The first reading explains God’s invisible hand and plans in the most mysterious events of life.
Having been exorcised as slave girls, the court sentenced Paul and Silas.
They had an opportunity to leave the prison due to the earthquake but they did not.
The act of not escaping by the evangelizers touched the jailor who eventually became a Christian.
The way we behave during difficult times has the power to bring someone closer to God.
Bees go after the flowers with honeydew.
Every Christian with the fragrance of faith pulls people to God.
Witnessing the life of Paul and Silas brought the jailor and his family closer to God.
Do our life and behaviour bring people closer to God?
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Mt.5:16).
In the Gospel, Jesus assures us of the Holy Spirit as He wished to return to the Father.
The Trinitarian display unfolds in the farewell discourse of Jesus.
It is the beginning of the mission of the Holy Spirit as Jesus accomplishes the mission entrusted to Him by the Father.
“When the Advocate comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment” (Jn.16:11).
It looks as though evil is taking the upper hand and good seems losing ground.
It is not at all true for the one who believes in God and in the passion and resurrection of Jesus.
St. John teaches us that the Holy Spirit has the power to question, test and inquire the roots, and the impact of sin in our life.
The unbelief is the sin.
The death of Jesus silenced the roaring of sin and Satan.
The Holy Spirit will give witness to the significance of the death of Jesus and the fall of Satan.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our life examines and eliminates the residue of sin in our life.
Do we live a life led by the Holy Spirit? Do we still have the infantile desire to reach God?