“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.” Have you ever wondered how many early Christians faced martyrdom and certain deaths with such peace in their hearts? Do you know people, the bedrock of faith, who face trial after trial, disappointment after languishing moments, and still smile? Our First Reading today is just one of those examples of the deep and abiding love that Jesus places in those who truly love Him and want to spend quality time with the Lord. This is what you are doing today, reading the Scriptures, letting them permeate and sink into the folds of your existence, then try to apply them in a powerful way. This is what is meant by remaining in the word. It means being so comfortable with the words of the Bible that they become a deep reference point to all of life’s ups and downs, hills, and valleys. We see things as part of God’s plan and not just in terms of my little world with its fads and issues.
“The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” This is also the perfect recipe for living a full, abundant life of joy because the Christian who has met Jesus and never looks back never has a bad day. Perhaps, some days are better than others, but still, the fullness of joy and hope never leaves that soul. As some among us are slowly but carefully returning to a more integrated, social life, patience, and forgiveness must be in our hearts and minds so they can easily be radiated through our speech and actions. Quiet your mind today and let the Lord lead you today and beyond.
“A quiet mind married to integrity of heart is the birth of wisdom.” Richard Grey