Category: Verse for the day

EASTER PRESENTS

“Grant to Your servants, even as they speak Your words, complete assurance.” —Acts 4:29 On the ninth day of Easter, our true Love, Jesus (see 1 Jn 4:8, 16), gives us holy boldness, complete assurance, absolute confidence (Acts 4:29; Heb 10:22), “parrhesia, straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance, humble boldness, the certainty of being loved” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2778). When we pray with this assurance and confidence, we are “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31). Will you accept the risen Jesus’ gift of what the Catechism quote above calls “humble boldness”? If you accept this gift, you...

THE DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES?

“A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came.” —John 20:26 The octave of the first Easter was disappointing and uneventful for the apostles. On the evening of the day of Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus sent His apostles to proclaim His Gospel (Jn 20:21), but eight days later they were still paralyzed by fear and behind locked doors (see Jn 20:26). Thomas, not present a week earlier, did not believe that Jesus was risen from the dead. Perhaps this is because Thomas saw no change in...

FULLY ALIVE

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” —Mark 16:15 Jesus’ physical body has been raised from the dead. How many parts of Christ’s body are functioning to the degree to which God has called them? We need a resurrection, animation, and activation of many parts of Christ’s body. After Pentecost, however, the power and “self-assurance of Peter and John” was amazing (Acts 4:13ff). Even when the religious leaders threatened Peter and John in order to paralyze them, “Peter and John answered, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight for us to...

THE SPIRIT OF EASTER

“Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke up.” —Acts 4:8 On the day of Jesus’ death, Peter denied Him three times. After receiving the Holy Spirit, however, Peter became a new person. He fearlessly obeyed the Lord even to being thrown into prison. At his trial before “Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class” (Acts 4:6), Peter defied the religious leaders. He proclaimed that “Jesus is ‘the Stone rejected by you the builders Which has become the Cornerstone’ ” (Acts 4:11). The Holy Spirit transformed Peter into a powerful evangelist and the...

A LOVE STORY OR A GHOST STORY?

“It is really I. Touch Me, and see that a ghost does not have flesh and bones as I do.” —Luke 24:39 Unlike all other religions, Christianity believes that God became man. We believe that God was actually a baby, physically died on a cross, and was buried in a tomb. We also believe that Jesus rose from the dead — not just spiritually but bodily. Jesus is not a ghost (see Lk 24:37). He can be seen and touched (Lk 24:39). He ate food (Lk 24:41-43). He is fully human. Jesus even let Thomas put his hand into His...

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