Lead by the Spirit
Have you ever had a burst of adrenaline? It feels like you have more strength and energy than you thought you could ever handle in yourself. Typically, these bursts of adrenaline happen when you are too tired to function and you literally run on adrenaline, or you become so focussed on something that you're doing in the moment that you push through with adrenaline coursing through your body. An example could be running, as you hit that last minute from home, you pick up the pace and push through to the end. In a much more powerful way, we are lead through the power of the Holy Spirit, similar to adrenaline, but much stronger. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are given knowledge of the head and heart, helping us to seek God and lead our lives through being loving, people of God. How are you being lead by the Holy Spirit today?
Today's reading states: 'But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can'dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth." And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?" And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azo'tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare'a' (Acts 8:26-40).
Today's reading talks about how the Spirit of the Lord touched Phillip and lead him to preach the Gospel to all towns that he passed. We too are called to preach the Gospel and teach others about the good news God has given. Through Baptism, we are filled with the Spirit, by being cleansed of Original Sin. We are reaffirmed of this Spirit through First Communion and Confirmation, as well as through growing in relationship with God in attending Mass and seeking Reconciliation. Without the Holy Spirit working through us, our soul would be dead. We need to continue to grow in faith and make God the centre of our lives. Take some time today to pray and ask God to lead you through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today we pray:
Thank You for leading me through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please help me to grow closer to You. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.