Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ever have one of those mornings?  You wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world after a great nights sleep.  I woke up this morning, refreshed and ready to conquer the world; ready to inspire the 4 people who follow this blog and here I am…I have read the readings, I have gone into the footnotes and read those.  I have group texted my siblings, mother and aunt (catching up to the 50 text messages I missed last night because I worked late) but what I haven’t done this morning is been able to come with anything inspirational to write you in regards to today’s scripture readings.  I have literally been staring at this screen for the better part of 40 minutes and this is what I’ve come up with……………(use your imagination because you should be hearing crickets right now).

So, here are today’s readings for you to ponder.

Here is one thought; a rather simple question to think about from today’s Gospel…

Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”

Have you seen the Lord?

Take a minute to think about that – have I seen the Lord?  If yes – where?  If not – why?

I have had the pleasure of a very personal experience with Jesus; I shared this experience in a previous post.  It came on my Junior retreat in high school some 40 years ago but it was so powerful an experience that to this day I can recall vividly that experience with Him.  But that is not my only experience.

Take the advice of Peter in our first reading…

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Accept Jesus into your heart, your life, your whole being.  Let the Spirit of the Lord come upon you and transform your life.  It is then and only then that you will see that The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord as we profess in today’s psalm.  And the earth IS full of God’s goodness.  Look at the beauty of Spring and nature in all it’s awakenings.  Look at your spouse and children and see the glory of God manifested in them.  Look at your friends and coworkers who offer inspiration for you to do good works.  Look at the poor and needy who will benefit from your good works.  All of this, all that we do, is Jesus at work through us.  So again I ask – have you seen the Lord?  Thanks be to God I have – and it is through all of you that I am able to witness His good works.

Do something great for our Lord today – seek Him and He shall be found.  This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

One thought on “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Your blog always inspires me and I’m in awe of what you make time for in a day and what you accomplish in a day. Thanks for always including me when talking about the family text thread.

    I don’t think I’ve heard the story of your personal experience with Jesus and would enjoy hearing about it someday.


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