Acts of the Apostles 16:11-15
Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.
‘I have told you all this that your faith may not be shaken.
They will expel you from the synagogues,
and indeed the hour is coming
when anyone who kills you
will think he is doing a holy duty for God.
They will do these things
because they have never known
either the Father or myself.
But I have told you all this,
so that when the time for it comes
you may remember that I told you.’
The Spirit of Truth will be my witness
At the recent Prayer retreat I attended in April this year, it was very difficult to hear Jesus. There was spiritual warfare the week before the retreat and it was a struggle for me. It was only on the 2nd day of the retreat did I realise what was the cause of my inability to experience Jesus. As we were praying in silence, emotions of fear, anger, bitterness, uncertainty all surfaced up for me. I realised too that I have always been asking Jesus for things, but very seldom I took the time to listen to Him. I saw how self-centred, selfish and broken I was in front of HIM, yet He continues to love me unconditionally. It was really humbling facing this truth and I lifted the entire situation to Him. My heart was open and I saw how He worked through me for the rest of the retreat.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can’t help but to share how the Lord has worked in our life. In the first reading, the Lord opened Lydia’s heart and she accepted what Paul was saying. She wanted Paul to stay in home so that she could sit at his feet and hear more about Jesus. She would have probably invite more people to meet Paul and to listen him testify about the Lord.
In the Gospel, we are reminded that Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be with us. When we are filled with the Spirit by his grace, we want to know more about the Lord. We want to be in fellowship with others. We have so much to share and to learn from each other – not only those who have walked with the Lord for a long time, but also those for whom the good news is brand new.
Are you ready to open your heart to the Lord? Are you ready to experience the joy and love He has for you? In child-like faith, ask Him to show you.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Patricia Ang)
Prayer: Lord, fill us with your grace and love. Use us as an instrument for your glory. Bless us abundantly so that we can be a blessing to others.
Thanksgiving: We thank you Lord for loving us unconditionally and moulding us in your likeliness.
Tue, 31 May – Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16; Luke 1:39-56; Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wed, 01 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 17:15.22-18:1; John 16:12-15; Memorial for St Justin, Martyr
Thu, 02 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20; Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Fri, 03 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18; John 16:202-23; Memorial for Ss Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyr
Sat, 04 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28; John 16:23-28
Sun, 05 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14; 1 Peter 4:13-16; John 17:1-11; Seventh Sunday of Easter; World Communication Sunday