Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read about Luke speaks about Jesus’ ascension. The apostles ask Jesus if he will “restore the kingdom to Israel.” He answers say it is not for them to know the times and seasons of God’s plan. He further tells them they will be the ones to restore the kingdom.
Jesus tells them the Holy Spirit will come upon them in power. The word he used in greek was dunamis which translated is dynamite. The Holy Spirt that Jesus was referring to was powerful kind of dynamite.
When St. Paul writes the letter to the Romans, he has not been to Rome. He wants to visit and help them as well as be sustained and encouraged by them. When we turn away from God, there are no boundaries to the eval we can devise and choose. We need to have faith. We should know that some things should not be done, but we need faith to reinforce not committing sins.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning
2 until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven.
6 Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to restore the kingdom to Israel?’
8 but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.’
12 So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk;
13 and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James.
14 With one heart all these joined constantly in prayer, together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
19 Everybody in Jerusalem heard about it and the plot came to be called “Bloody Acre”, in their language Hakeldama.
20 Now in the Book of Psalms it says: Reduce his encampment to ruin and leave his tent unoccupied. And again: Let someone else take over his office.
23 Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias,
26 They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.
1 From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle,
2 set apart for the service of the gospel that God promised long ago through his prophets in the holy scriptures.
6 You are among these, and by his call you belong to Jesus Christ.
11 For I am longing to see you so that I can convey to you some spiritual gift that will be a lasting strength,
13 I want you to be quite certain too, brothers, that I have often planned to visit you — though up to the present I have always been prevented — in the hope that I might work as fruitfully among you as I have among the gentiles elsewhere.
14 I have an obligation to Greeks as well as barbarians, to the educated as well as the ignorant,
15 and hence the eagerness on my part to preach the gospel to you in Rome too.
20 ever since the creation of the world, the invisible existence of God and his everlasting power have been clearly seen by the mind’s understanding of created things. And so these people have no excuse:
24 That is why God abandoned them in their inmost cravings to filthy practices of dishonouring their own bodies-
25 because they exchanged God’s truth for a lie and have worshipped and served the creature instead of the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 That is why God abandoned them to degrading passions:
27 why their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural practices; and the men, in a similar fashion, too, giving up normal relations with women, are consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameful things with men and receiving in themselves due reward for their perversion.
28 In other words, since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour.
24 Better the corner of a roof to live on than a house shared with a quarrelsome woman.
25 Cold water to a thirsty throat; such is good news from a distant land.
26 A churned — up spring, a fountain fouled; such is the upright person trembling before the wicked.