Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051815.cfm
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said, “How were you baptized?” They replied, “With the baptism of John.” Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Altogether there were about twelve men.
He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.
When we are confirmed we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Paraclete, the one of whom Jesus said would always be there to help us and guide if we would only listen to Him. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to speak boldly of Our Lord and what He taught. We receive the courage to speak boldly of Our Lord. We become unfraid of His detractors and focus on His truth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be with us. His love and guidance are a powerful force in my life and with Jesus I praise your holy name, Amen.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!