Category: Verse for the day

verse for the day

TWELVE WEAK MEN

“They answered, ‘We have not so much as heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ ” –Acts 19:2 Mass Readings: May 29 First: Acts 19:1-8; Resp: Psalm 68:2-7; Gospel: John 16:29-33 Listen to the Mass Readings The Ephesian believers talked and acted in such a way that Paul questioned whether they had the Holy Spirit. In response to Paul’s question, the Ephesians said they had never heard of the Holy Spirit. Paul then found out they had only received the baptism of John. Paul proceeded to tell them about Jesus and baptize them. Then, “as Paul laid his hands on...

LOOK UP AND GO OUT

“No sooner had He said this than He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight.” –Acts 1:9 Mass Readings: May 28 First: Acts 1:1-11; Resp: Psalm 47:2-3,6-9; Second: Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Listen to the Mass Readings The apostles asked Jesus: “Lord, are you going to restore the rule to Israel now?” (Acts 1:6) They were interested in knowing the time Jesus would restore the kingdom. Jesus responded: “The exact time it is not yours to know” (Acts 1:7). Then Jesus proceeded to bring up what He was interested in –...

FULL-COURT PRESS

“Paul was pressed in the Spirit.” –Acts 18:5, KJV Mass Readings: May 25 First: Acts 18:1-8; Resp: Psalm 98:1-4; Gospel: John 16:16-20 Listen to the Mass Readings Tomorrow begins the Holy Spirit novena, nine days of intense prayer to prepare for receiving the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like St. Paul, we are to be absorbed, that is, totally occupied with the coming of the Spirit, as if the Spirit was pressing upon us from all sides (Acts 18:5). Like the apostles and Mary in the upper room, we are to live and breathe for the purpose...

ARE YOU HARVESTING WITH A BASKET OR A COMBINE?

“When they heard about the raising of the dead, some sneered, while others said, ‘We must hear you on this topic some other time.’ ” –Acts 17:32 Mass Readings: May 24 First: Revelation 21:1-5; Resp: Psalm 95:1-7; Gospel: John 10:22-30 Listen to the Mass Readings We Christians in the Western world in this new millennium can relate to Paul’s ministry in Athens probably better than we can relate to other events in Acts of the Apostles. Paul met the people where they were and received a lukewarm response to his presentation of the gospel, although he did convert a few...

THE BIG PICTURE

“When He comes, He will prove the world wrong.” –John 16:8 Mass Readings: May 23 First: Acts 16:22-34; Resp: Psalm 138:1-3,7-8; Gospel: John 16:5-11 Listen to the Mass Readings God has created the universe. “He holds the whole wide world in His hands.” God is big. He has big plans. He wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). He commands us to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). He calls us to live with Him in heaven forever. Each human being is very small. Each of us is like a microscopic dot on a microscopic planet. Our lives...

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