Born Again in Christ

MONDAY: Seventh Week of Easter

Acts 19:1-8/Ps.67:2-7/Jn.16:29-33

Born Again in Christ

Christians beware! Never trivialize the significance of the Holy Spirit in your lives. It is the glory of God. One who receives the gift of Baptism but disregards the importance of Confirmation makes himself or herself vulnerable. He or she will deprive himself or herself of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and be incapable of achieving virtuousness with Christ (Is.11:1-9).

Christ was not an exception, the Holy Spirit, descended upon him after he came out of the waters of the Jordan. He continuously reminded his followers the Father endowed him with the Spirit to be his agent of holiness and righteousness and conciliation in the world (Is.61:1-2; Lk.4:18; Jn.20:21-23). Without the Holy Spirit, we are likely to belittle both God and Christ Jesus (1Cor.12:3) and will contradict everything that is of the Spirit (1Cor.2:13-14).

St. Paul, I think, in acts 19:1-18 helps us correct this discrepancy of faith. John's was a baptism of repentance; Christ's consists of three witnesses: the Spirit, the water, and the blood (1Jn.5:8). In other words, through Christian initiation, we do not only receive forgiveness, but we receive a makeover into Christ (Jn.3:5-8; Gal.3:27; Rom.6:3). Let us rise to the occasion, which Easter offers and appreciate the gifts God is offering us in Christ.

O God, do not deprive us of your Holy Spirit. Grant us a sense of discernment and stability in faith.

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