Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Small Christian
Audio & Video
Bible College

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 14, Issue 3

<< Thursday, April 23, 1998 >> St. George
Acts 5:27-33
View Readings
Psalm 34 John 3:31-36
Similar Reflections


"We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those that obey Him." —Acts 5:32

To believe in the risen Christ, we need the Holy Spirit. That's why on the evening of His resurrection, Jesus commanded the apostles: "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22). To receive the Holy Spirit, to stir into flame the gift of the Spirit received in Baptism and Confirmation (2 Tm 1:6-7), we must obey the Lord in extremely challenging circumstances.

For example, Peter and the apostles obeyed the Lord by continuing to teach about the name of Jesus in the face of imprisonment, threats, and beatings (Acts 5:28ff). In this obedience, they experienced the life and power of one Pentecost after another. Mary obeyed the Lord and received the Holy Spirit so perfectly that her reception of the Spirit was a conception (Lk 1:35). However, her obedience made it probable that Joseph would divorce her (see Mt 1:19), and it put her in danger of being executed as an adulteress. For the early Jewish Christians to continue to receive the Spirit, they had to obey the Lord by being in community with Gentile Christians. This was unthinkable for Jews who had never set foot in a Gentile's house or touched a utensil used by a Gentile.

What outlandish command is the Lord giving you now? Obey Him, receive the Holy Spirit, and believe in the Holy Spirit as never before.

Prayer: Father, may I delight (Ps 40:9) to express my love for You by obeying You (see 1 Jn 5:3).
Promise: "He does not ration His gift of the Spirit." —Jn 3:34
Praise: George endured torture as he gave his life as a martyr for Jesus. He remained faithful until death and Jesus gave him the crown of life (see Rv 2:10).
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Obedience School.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 14, Issue 3
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend



Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2020 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy