Thursday April 12, 2018

Do you ever wake up and just have the “blank” mind.  Today is one of those days.  I’m typing this blog right now with the hopes that if I keep typing, something inspirational will come to mind.  As a follow up to yesterday, I attended 6:30AM Mass yesterday at Holy Spirit.  Fr. Bob Evans is the pastor of that flock and I have come to enjoy his homilies – very concise and to the point.  Yesterday, he started his homily talking about the Rainbow Man.  I guess my mind wasn’t the only one to go there when I read the first line of the Gospel.  I can only say great minds must think alike.  Today, both the first reading and the Gospel continue on from yesterday’s (today’s readings).  The apostles are being admonished by the High Priest for continuing to preach about Christ’s resurrection to all in Jerusalem after they were given strict orders not to do so.  Would I have the same courage to do this?  I pray that I would; I also pray that you would too.  The Gospel gives us the reason why the Apostles were the brave men that they were:  For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.  He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.  Christ did not “ration” the gift of the Spirit when he gave this gift to His apostles.  And they did not hide the fact that Christ empowered them with the gifts of the Spirit.  When we received the sacrament of Confirmation, it wasn’t rationed out to us either.  We received all 7 gifts promised – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.  Just as when the Apostles received these gifts, it is our responsibility to use them.  And now my mind isn’t blank anymore.  Let’s spend the next (7) days reviewing what these gifts are…starting tomorrow because I’m up against the clock with a full schedule today.

Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts for the newest addition to our family – Audrey Grace.  To use the words of my eldest grandson Aiden, who will be 6 in August – she just makes my heart get bigger and bigger every time I see her.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

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