In today’s first reading from Acts 5, Peter and the Apostles were called on the carpet by the Sanhedrin for teaching in the name of Jesus. Their response? “We must obey God rather than men.” Words for us to live by.
In the Gospel reading from John 3, we see a very important thought from St. John about the gift of the Holy Spirit. He says this, “[God] does not ration his gift of the Spirit.” How do we take that?
God is always pouring out his Spirit. He doesn’t offer just a little bit to one and a truckload to another. We all have access to an abundance of the Holy Spirit. The trick is that we have to be open to it. God does not force the Spirit upon anyone. If you are willing, if you empty yourself of all the things that hinder the Spirit, the Father and the Son will fill you with the Holy Spirit – an endless supply! So the question today is, how much of the Spirit do you want?
Father, we’re open to a greater outpouring of your Spirit in our lives today. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may bless all those we encounter this day. Amen.
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