May 4, 2016: Wednesday, Sixth Week of Easter

Being Challenged and Being Empowered

            Many of us in ministry have been sneered at by others. Our motives are questioned. In today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, those in Athens dismiss Paul with a “we must hear you again sometime.” If you are/have been a teacher or a rectory office worker, you remember the challenge of a warm day in May.

            What does God call us to in this time? For religious sisters and brothers, we remember many times when others dismiss our words because we are just a _________. It takes courage to follow Jesus, but not my personal courage. The writer of the Gospel of John offers us hope today. Jesus will ascend into heaven but the Holy Spirit will return. God may come and go in our lives. We are not defined by others who are negative to us. The Holy Spirit blows in the spring air. May we enjoy ourselves because of God’s promise, not the world’s indifference. John reminds us that every dog, with the help of the Holy Spirit will have its day, even Ohio professional sports fans.

Br. Tom Bohman, C.PP.S. (Cincinnati)




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