REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS ON THE 7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) 28TH MAY, 2017.
? Acts 1:12-14, PS 27, 1Pet 4:13-16, Gosp Jn 17:1-11a
✍? FR. OGECHUKWU OKPULU.
? HOLY SPIRIT OUR HELPER.
Dearly beloved, anyone who has made serious attempts at living a spiritual life will know that without God’s grace we are powerless. We can’t make any reasonable progress in our spiritual life without the help of the Holy Spirit. We need a strength we ourselves do not possess.
The disciples were like sheep without a shepherd when Jesus was crucified. They got to discover their limitations and weakness during the passion of Jesus, where they lacked the courage to stand by him. Jesus knew their weakness and that they needed a support to strengthen them, so he told them to do nothing until they received power from the Holy Spirit.
The apostles after the Ascension of Jesus before the Pentecost were in the upper room with Mary preparing themselves in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The period between Ascension and Pentecost is a special period of prayer as we see in the life of the apostles in the first reading and Jesus in the gospel when he prayed for those he left behind to carry on his work.
Beloved, Jesus is aware of everything we are passing through and what we shall continue to face in future. The good news is that Jesus has prayed for us and promised to send us a helper. We need to prepare ourselves very well to receive the Holy Spirit in our lives, so that we can be faithful followers of His. Just as Peter encourages us in the second reading, we should try to stand firm in our faith in Jesus no matter the challenge, so that we can enjoy the glory and joy which Jesus has prepared for us.
Finally, we pray for proper disposition to prepare adequately for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.