May 12, 2015

May 12

May 12, 2015:  Tuesday, Sixth Week of Easter

  • 'Abacus' tie pin looks like prison bars (1st reading)
  • 'Sword' pin:  "Jailer drew his sword" (1st reading)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "Your right hand saves me, O Lord." (psalm)
  • 'Angel' pin:  "In the sight of the angels I'll sing your praise" (psalm)
  • 'Phone' pin:  "When I called, you answered me" (psalm)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  "If I go, I'll send the Advocate to you" (gospel)
  • White shirt and socks:  Easter season

  • Acts 16:22-34  Paul and Silas beaten, imprisoned, earthquake-freed.   Jailer:  What must I do to be saved?  Believe....
  • Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8  "Your right hand saves me, O Lord."  In the presence of the angels I'll sing your praise; you answered me and will complete your work.
  • Jn 16:5-11  “I'm going to the one who sent me.  It's better for you that I go so I can send you the Advocate to convict the world regarding sin, righteousness, and condemnation.”
    • Creighton:  The Advocate present and acting in today's readings is alive and acting within and among us now.  Holy Spirit, convict me....
    • One Bread One Body:  "Family celebrations":  The converted jailer shared his faith with his family and celebrated with them.  Here are some ways we can celebrate....
    • Passionist:  Imprisoned innocents Paul and Silas prayed, were miraculously freed, then stayed and ministered to the guards.  Many of us live as prisoners to addictions, our personal histories, our emotions, our memories, and our bad choices.  We may blame God, others, or ourselves, but may we respond in ways that can set us free.  Prayer brings true freedom and calls us to minister to other prisoners.
      St. Pancras
    •  Jesus told his disciples the Spirit would convince (convict)  the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  The Spirit makes us holy by convicting us of our sin, bringing us to the foot of the Cross, and convincing us of God's love and forgiveness and our dependence on God.  The Jews thought they were serving God when they crucified Jesus, but on Pentecost Sunday, the Spirit opened many to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.  The Spirit convicts us of our unbelief and wrongdoing and convinces us of God's truth....

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