For Christians, today is the 6th Sunday of Easter, as we continue to reflect upon and give thanks for our Risen and New Life in Christ.
In the book of Acts, we hear that when Peter was still preaching “…the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the Word.”
Wow! Do we have that kind of faith, that when we gather to hear the word of God and to enter into Holy Communion, that we are aware of the Holy Spirit coming upon us?
The Church of the Acts of the Apostles is a church where exciting stuff happened.
It is a church that actually expected God to act in their midst.
It was a church that was filled with power and the Holy Spirit.
We are members of that very same Church!
When we gather to LISTEN to the Word of God,
- we should expect things to happen,
- we should expect God to act.
- We should expect the Holy Spirit to come upon us.
Listen to this word of God…
1 John: the love letter
“let us love one another, because love is of God”
“everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God”
“Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love”
When we begin to hear these words with our heart of hearts, they actually change us. The Holy Spirit comes upon us, and we become more open to the Divine Life of Christ that is at work within us.
How do we find happiness and fulfillment in life?
How do we become that Spirit filled Church of the Acts of the Apostles?
How do we become a Church where the Lord is present and acts powerfully amongst us?
In other words, how does the Holy Spirit fall upon us?
LISTEN to this Word of God from John’s Gospel…
“I love you...Remain in my love...love one another.”
Let us open up, through the power of the Cross of Christ, and simply receive the Love of God, the Holy Spirit.
Let us learn how to remain and rest in that Love.
And out of that Love, let us love one another.