“THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART.” ACTS 2: 36-41
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day. ACTS 2:36-41
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her. JN 20:11-18
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”-St. Peter
Jesus breathed the same Holy Spirit on Peter and the Apostles in that upper room on Pentecost as He breathed on you and me at our baptism and confirmation. We are to do all things in the name of Jesus Christ, repent (change our lives), and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. What does that mean? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, study the fruits and gifts of the Spirit that you have been given at Baptism, look at what gaping holes you have in your life, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you in those areas as part of your daily prayer life.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are what we should see in our lives if we are doing the will of God: joy, peace, love, kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, self control, modesty, chastity, generosity, patience, and faithfulness. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you at the beginning of each day and throughout the day. The Holy Spirit is the Advocate that Jesus gave us until His return.
Jesus says at the Last Supper in John’s Gospel, “15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. j16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate* to be with you always ,k17 the Spirit of truth,* which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.l”
Are you weeping because they have taken the Lord from you? Mary Magdalene is blessed to be the first to recognize that the resurrected Jesus is no longer in the tomb. She weeps. Let us rejoice and be glad by spending time with Him each day so that one day we may not be weeping in eternal life without our Lord. The Resurrection of Jesus is not one single day on the calendar but everyday of the year! -Matt Maher
Today’s challenge: Educate yourself in the YouCat or look up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Start praying for the areas you need the most help in, Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to help us know the Truths which He revealed to be passed on to each new generation. Spend time in prayer each day with our Lord remembering what He did for us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, please bring forth the gifts of your Spirit within me so I may do the Father’s Will and see the fruits of your Spirit in my life so that I may glorify Him.
Be a servant, become a saint!