HOLY SPIRIT: THE POWER FOR EFFECTIVE WITNESSING

WEDNESDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER, 19th of May, 2020.

Acts 17:15.22-18:1, Psalm 148:1-2.11-12.13.14, John 16:12-15

The Holy Spirit helps us to know the truth to be said at a particular time, to a particular set of people and how to present it to them. He takes beyond the positive response we expect from intelligent speech or eloquence. He teaches us the right word for every moment.  He helps us to represent Jesus appropriately in every situation. He helps to do things or say things exactly the way Jesus would do them.

                            “for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

Judged by the Athenians’ love for knowledge, Paul thought meeting them on their own term will amount to a bountiful harvest among them. He was before the Areopagus, the selected court which deals with matters of homicide and public morals.  He appealed to the Athenians sense of religion, making reference to their myriads of gods. But the moment they heard that for which he came to bear witness, the resurrection of Christ, “some mocked, but others said, we will hear you again about this.” It was only one of the Areopagus, Dionysius who joined him, with the woman, Damaris and others outside the court of the Areopagus.

Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, our mission of evangelisation becomes easier. We also understand that it is God himself who moves people to respond to his call. Therefore, in our efforts to reach out to evangelise, in our day to day interactions with people, and in our daily works, we are expected to give the Holy Spirit the room to move through us. He is the Spirit of Truth. He enlightens our intelligence.  He gives life to our words. He animates our actions. And he bears fruits for redemption in, with and through us.

As we journey daily in the footsteps of the Lord, may He make us effective tools of sharing his divine light. Amen.

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