Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
May 2, 2019
Today, in Mercy, in our reading from Acts, the disciples continue to show immense courage in preaching the Word. They are bursting with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, soon to be confirmed in them on Pentecost.
We, too, have these gifts confirmed in us, not only when we receive the sacrament of Confirmation, but each time we open our hearts without reserve to the Holy Spirit and her ensuing abundance:
Counsel, or Right Judgment
Fortitude, or Courage
Piety, or Reverence
Fear of the Lord, or Awesome Wonder
Sometimes, we unfortunately forget to call on these infinite gifts as we navigate life’s challenges. It is a blessing to remember that we are not doing this thing called “Life” alone, just as the early disciples were charged by the power of God.
Our Gospel confirms the availability of God’s unbounded Grace to all who believe:
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.
Let’s consciously claim that unrationed grace today! Oh, what a difference it might make in our lives!
Music: Mozart: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Latin and English Lyrics below)
Veni sancte Spiritus:
Reple tuorum corda fidelium:
et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
qui per diversitatem linguarum cunctarum
gentes in unitate fidei congregasti.
Come Holy Spirit:
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle your love in them.
You have gathered the nations
together in the unity of faith.