Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Eph 1:15-23;Gospel Lk 12:8-12
The Gospel of today is all about the best gift that Jesus had promised to his disciples as he bid farewell to this world before his ascension into heaven. Jesus promised to send a helper who would guide the disciples in preaching the kingdom with all its effectiveness. The same Holy Spirit whom Jesus had promised two thousand years ago is still brightly present today in the church and remains to be a constant guide to all those who travel in the path exposed by Christ. People who bear witness to Christ will have to face a lot of obstructions and Jesus strikes a chord today with his consoling word that we have nothing to be discouraged about because the power of the Holy Spirit would over shadow the people to strengthen them and support them in their great struggle to bring the good news. We have clear illustrations of the active working of the Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles.
In Acts 2:4 we read thus, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” It is after this account that 3000 were added to the church.
They were told to wait in Acts 1:8. In Acts 2, the Spirit came upon them and they received ability to speak with power.
And in Acts 4:31 they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they boldly spoke the word of God.
It is always the work of the Holy Spirit to bring unity among members in the local church. If you are a Christian, then the Holy Spirit does not want you to merely be keepers of the aquarium. He wants you to be fishers of men, preachers of the gospel, sacrificial in your love, determined in your godliness, and unfailing in your prayers.
- Prayer – the place of power.
- Prayer – the place of humility.
- Prayer – the place of assurance.
- Prayer – the place where you meet God, encounter the Holy Spirit, are empowered, humbled, and filled with His love