Desert Reflections: The Gift of the Spirit

Fr Peter reminds us that, like the apostles in today’s first reading, we are commanded to “obey God rather than men.”  We, too, are called to speak out against injustice and corruption.  We, too, are called to care for the poor and the needy. For we, too, have received God’s gift of the Spirit.

Today’s Readings

[The high priest said to the Apostles:] “We gave you strict orders did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching.”
ACTS 5:27-33

[God] does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
JN 3:31-36

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One Response to Desert Reflections: The Gift of the Spirit

  1. tVM says:

    Several years ago, Father Peter led a discussion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship.” In his book, Bonhoeffer writes, “The road to faith passes through obedience to the call of Jesus. Unless a definite step is demanded, the call vanishes into thin air, and if men imagine that they can follow Jesus without taking this step, they are deluding themselves like fanatics.” I thought about that statement as I listened to Father Peter’s homily. He offers the call … take 10 to 20 seconds each morning to ask “How can I be a faithful disciple… how can I use my voice today… how can I care for the poor today…” Father Peter echoes the call from Jesus. I wonder how many people are listening?

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