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<< Thursday, April 19, 2007 >>
Acts 5:27-33
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Psalm 34 John 3:31-36
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"We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit." —Acts 5:32

At Pentecost, the Lord lavished the Holy Spirit on the early Church (Ti 3:6). The Spirit was poured out in superabundance as rivers of living water (Jn 7:38), "for many wonders and signs were performed by the apostles" (Acts 2:43). A man over forty years old, who had never walked a step in his life, was miraculously cured (Acts 4:22). Peter healed hundreds as he walked down the street. He did not pray or touch the sick; just his shadow falling on them brought healing (Acts 5:15). Angels began to appear and even opened the gates of the jail where the apostles were imprisoned (Acts 5:19). As the Lord promised, in the early Church the Spirit was certainly not rationed (Jn 3:34) but was poured out more than we could ever ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20).

Why do things seem different today, at least in America? Why does the Spirit seem rationed, stifled (1 Thes 5:19), and saddened? (Eph 4:30) The Spirit is "given to those that obey Him" (Acts 5:32). Because of our lack of faith, we refuse to obey the Lord. We yield to the desires of the flesh, which directly opposes and lusts against the Spirit (Gal 5:17). Thus the Spirit is stifled by our lack of receptivity. Repent and receive the unrationed gift of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, "renew Thy wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost" (prayer of Pope John XXIII for Vatican II).
Promise: "Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal. Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure the wrath of God." —Jn 3:36
Praise: Thomas left his home state to work for the Lord through Presentation Ministries.
(This coming Pentecost, receive an unrationed gift of the Spirit. Order our leaflet on Praying for a New Pentecost or our audio tapes AV 92A-1, AV 92A-3, AV 92B-1 or video V-92A, V-92B.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2007 through May 31, 2007.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 16, 2006.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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