We read in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Peter tells the Sanherdin, “We must obey God rather than men…”(Act 5:30) Than we read, “We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit who God has given to those who obey him.(Act 5:32) Saint John tells us in the Gospel, “For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.”(John 3:33)
Raniero Cantalamessa in his book, ‘Obedience’ writes, “We can always obey God. We might have to obey visible orders and authorities only every now and then-to obey orders of a certain seriousness, maybe three or four times in our life; but there are numerous obedience to God. The more we obey, the more numerous God’s orders become, because he know that the most beautiful gift he can give us is what he gave to his beloved Son Jesus. When God finds a person determined to obey him, he takes the life of that person in his hands, like the helm of a boat or the reins of a horse. Not just in theory, but in reality. He becomes ‘Lord’ that is he who ‘rules’ and ‘governs.'”
Scripture links faithfully to God’s commands (obedience) to receiving a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Do you want to receive more of the Holy Spirit? Than be obedient to God’s commands.
Yes, we must be obedient to the Church, the moral teaching. But there is a personal obedience that we are also called too. This is God speaking just to you. God is asking something of you today. Will you be obedient to that voice of God? If you are obedient to God speaking to you today than you will receive a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for the day
Jesus thank you for speaking to me today
You speak to me in the power of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit help me to say Yes to your voice today
I pray that one day my whole life will be one of perfect obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit in my life.