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Day 323 – Pentecost


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles. Those who received the gift of the holy spirit, just don’t dwell on it, instead they go out into the world and proclaim Jesus Christ risen for the dead. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts hearts and converts people, not the preacher.

The Christian converts held on to four things – teaching, fellowship, breaking of the bread and prayers. For us, this means following what the successors of the apostles teach — listening to the Pope and Bishiops.

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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!

Daily Readings

Acts 2

1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together,

2 when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting;

3 and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them.

4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.

5 Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven,

6 and at this sound they all assembled, and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language.

7 They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely,’ they said, ‘all these men speaking are Galileans?

8 How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language?

9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; residents of Rome-

11 Jews and proselytes alike — Cretans and Arabs, we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

12 Everyone was amazed and perplexed; they asked one another what it all meant.

13 Some, however, laughed it off. ‘They have been drinking too much new wine,’ they said.

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: ‘Men of Judaea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, make no mistake about this, but listen carefully to what I say.

15 These men are not drunk, as you imagine; why, it is only the third hour of the day.

16 On the contrary, this is what the prophet was saying:

17 In the last days — the Lord declares — I shall pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young people shall see visions, your old people dream dreams.

18 Even on the slaves, men and women, shall I pour out my Spirit.

19 I will show portents in the sky above and signs on the earth below.

20 The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the day of the Lord comes, that great and terrible Day.

21 And all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.

22 ‘Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you know.

23 This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified and killed by men outside the Law.

24 But God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since,

25 as David says of him: I kept the Lord before my sight always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.

26 So my heart rejoiced my tongue delighted; my body, too, will rest secure,

27 for you will not abandon me to Hades or allow your holy one to see corruption.

28 You have taught me the way of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence.

29 ‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us.

30 But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne,

31 he spoke with foreknowledge about the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not see corruption.

32 God raised this man Jesus to life, and of that we are all witnesses.

33 Now raised to the heights by God’s right hand, he has received from the Father the Holy Spirit, who was promised, and what you see and hear is the outpouring of that Spirit.

34 For David himself never went up to heaven, but yet he said: The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand,

35 till I have made your enemies your footstool.

36 ‘For this reason the whole House of Israel can be certain that the Lord and Christ whom God has made is this Jesus whom you crucified.’

37 Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘What are we to do, brothers?’

38 ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered, ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God is calling to himself.’

40 He spoke to them for a long time using many other arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’

41 They accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.

42 These remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.

43 And everyone was filled with awe; the apostles worked many signs and miracles.

44 And all who shared the faith owned everything in common;

45 they sold their goods and possessions and distributed the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed.

46 Each day, with one heart, they regularly went to the Temple but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously;

47 they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.

Romans 2

1 So no matter who you are, if you pass judgement you have no excuse. It is yourself that you condemn when you judge others, since you behave in the same way as those you are condemning.

2 We are well aware that people who behave like that are justly condemned by God.

3 But you — when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing the same yourself — do you think you will escape God’s condemnation?

4 Or are you not disregarding his abundant goodness, tolerance and patience, failing to realise that this generosity of God is meant to bring you to repentance?

5 Your stubborn refusal to repent is only storing up retribution for yourself on that Day of retribution when God’s just verdicts will be made known.

6 He will repay everyone as their deeds deserve.

7 For those who aimed for glory and honour and immortality by persevering in doing good, there will be eternal life;

8 but for those who out of jealousy have taken for their guide not truth but injustice, there will be the fury of retribution.

9 Trouble and distress will come to every human being who does evil — Jews first, but Greeks as well;

10 glory and honour and peace will come to everyone who does good — Jews first, but Greeks as well.

11 There is no favouritism with God.

12 All those who have sinned without the Law will perish without the Law; and those under the Law who have sinned will be judged by the Law.

13 For the ones that God will justify are not those who have heard the Law but those who have kept the Law.

14 So, when gentiles, not having the Law, still through their own innate sense behave as the Law commands, then, even though they have no Law, they are a law for themselves.

15 They can demonstrate the effect of the Law engraved on their hearts, to which their own conscience bears witness; since they are aware of various considerations, some of which accuse them, while others provide them with a defence . . . on the day when,

16 according to the gospel that I preach, God, through Jesus Christ, judges all human secrets.

17 If you can call yourself a Jew, and you really trust in the Law, and are proud of your God,

18 and know his will, and tell right from wrong because you have been taught by the Law;

19 if you are confident that you are a guide to the blind and a beacon to those in the dark,

20 that you can teach the ignorant and instruct the unlearned because the Law embodies all knowledge and all truth-

21 so then, in teaching others, do you teach yourself as well? You preach that there is to be no stealing, but do you steal?

22 You say that adultery is forbidden, but do you commit adultery? You detest the worship of objects, but do you desecrate holy things yourself?

23 If, while you are boasting of the Law, you disobey it, then you are bringing God into contempt.

24 As scripture says: It is your fault that the name of God is held in contempt among the nations.

25 Circumcision has its value if you keep the Law; but if you go on breaking the Law, you are no more circumcised than the uncircumcised.

26 And if an uncircumcised man keeps the commands of the Law, will not his uncircumcised state count as circumcision?

27 More, the man who, in his native uncircumcised state, keeps the Law, is a condemnation of you, who, by your concentration on the letter and on circumcision, actually break the Law.

28 Being a Jew is not only having the outward appearance of a Jew, and circumcision is not only a visible physical operation.

29 The real Jew is the one who is inwardly a Jew, and real circumcision is in the heart, a thing not of the letter but of the spirit. He may not be praised by any human being, but he will be praised by God.

Romans 3

1 Is there any benefit, then, in being a Jew? Is there any advantage in being circumcised?

2 A great deal, in every way. First of all, it was to the Jews that the message of God was entrusted.

3 What if some of them were unfaithful? Do you think their lack of faith could cancel God’s faithfulness?

4 Out of the question! God will always be true even if no human being can be relied on. As scripture says: That you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence and your victory may appear when you give judgement.

5 But if our injustice serves to bring God’s saving justice into view, can we say that God is unjust when — to use human terms — he brings his retribution down on us?

6 Out of the question! It would mean that God could not be the judge of the world.

7 You might as well say that if my untruthfulness makes God demonstrate his truthfulness, to his greater glory, then I should not be judged to be a sinner at all.

8 In this case, the slanderous report some people are spreading would be true, that we teach that one should do evil that good may come of it. In fact such people are justly condemned.

9 Well: are we any better off? Not at all: we have already indicted Jews and Greeks as being all alike under the dominion of sin.

10 As scripture says: Not one of them is upright, not a single one,

11 not a single one is wise, not a single one seeks God.

12 All have turned away, all alike turned sour, not one of them does right, not a single one.

13 Their throats are wide — open graves, their tongues seductive. Viper’s venom behind their lips;

14 their speech is full of cursing and bitterness.

15 Their feet quick to shed innocent blood,

16 wherever they go there is havoc and ruin.

17 They do not know the way of peace,

18 there is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we are well aware that whatever the Law says is said for those who are subject to the Law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world brought under the judgement of God.

20 So then, no human being can be found upright at the tribunal of God by keeping the Law; all that the Law does is to tell us what is sinful.

21 God’s saving justice was witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, but now it has been revealed altogether apart from law:

22 God’s saving justice given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

23 No distinction is made: all have sinned and lack God’s glory,

24 and all are justified by the free gift of his grace through being set free in Christ Jesus.

25 God appointed him as a sacrifice for reconciliation, through faith, by the shedding of his blood, and so showed his justness; first for the past, when sins went unpunished because he held his hand;

26 and now again for the present age, to show how he is just and justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus.

27 So what becomes of our boasts? There is no room for them. On what principle- that only actions count? No; that faith is what counts,

28 since, as we see it, a person is justified by faith and not by doing what the Law tells him to do.

29 Do you think God is the God only of the Jews, and not of gentiles too? Most certainly of gentiles too,

30 since there is only one God; he will justify the circumcised by their faith, and he will justify the uncircumcised through their faith.

31 Are we saying that the Law has been made pointless by faith? Out of the question; we are placing the Law on its true footing.

Proverbs 26:27-28

27 Whoever digs a pit falls into it, the stone comes back on him that rolls it.

28 The lying tongue hates its victims, the wheedling mouth causes ruin.


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