29 May 2017
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples. When he asked, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ they answered, ‘No, we were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.’ ‘Then how were you baptised?’ he asked. ‘With John’s baptism’ they replied. ‘John’s baptism’ said Paul ‘was a baptism of repentance; but he insisted that the people should believe in the one who was to come after him-in other words Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the moment Paul had laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came down on them, and they began to speak with tongues and to prophesy. There were about twelve of these men.
He began by going to the synagogue, where he spoke out boldly and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. He did this for three months.
His disciples said to Jesus, ‘Now you are speaking plainly and not using metaphors! Now we see that you know everything, and do not have to wait for questions to be put into words; because of this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them:
‘Do you believe at last?
Listen; the time will come – in fact it has come already –
when you will be scattered,
each going his own way and leaving me alone.
And yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with me.
I have told you all this
so that you may find peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but be brave: I have conquered the world.’
Spoke out boldly and argued persuasively
In order for one to speak boldly and argue persuasively, one has to be confident and knowledgeable in expressing the message.
Every time I know I am going for an appointment, I will spend about twenty minutes to pick up the project that the appointment relates to, and get myself prepared in approaching the meeting. This helps me to pick up the issues and focuses on what is next to be done, this also gives confidence to those involved.
Todays message to us is about being that informed Christian, filled with the powers of the Holy Spirit, that even though we feel inadequate, we can walk out and preach about Jesus. We all are empowered to be disciples of Jesus; it is not about how many degrees and certificates we obtain through education, but how deep our faith is for our Lord God. The Spirit works in us in mysterious ways, it gives us the strength to step into the unknown and be brave.
Todays Gospel not only encourages us to be brave in our faith, being the living testament as a Christian. It is also an encouragement that with God, the Spirit, we have the right mind to conquer the difficulties in life too. We are often thrown with surprises and worries in career, family, health and financial woes. These can also be conquered with trust and persistence. We are reminded to embrace suffering, to pray and work towards better situations, so that we conquer, not for ourselves, but in the name of Jesus. In this way, we live a fuller and more meaningful life.
(Todays OXYGEN by Austin Leong)
Prayer: We pray for those who are facing difficulties and feeling lost in their lifes direction, may they seek the Spirit in them, for the guidance and courage to look forward in life.
Thanksgiving: Give thanks for our God, give thanks to our Lord. Give thanks for Jesus sacrifice, give thanks for our Mother Marys help.