May 9, 2016: Monday, Seventh Week of Easter

I have conquered the world. (John 16: 33)

            In today’s Epistle, Paul baptizes some of the Baptist’s followers and “when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them. . . . Altogether there were about twelve.” One thing we learn is that the power is not as much in numbers as in awareness of the Spirit who lives within US. Psalm 68 reinforces the Lord being this source of power: “God arises; those who hate him flee.” He is “father of orphans” who “gives a home to the forsaken.” Our global village feels as though the numbers of desperate people in need of our God’s strength multiply daily. Our Community charism of reconciliation says we are “called to be a sign of his continuing presence.” Our hope and power is stated in John’s Gospel: “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Sr. Donna Olson, C.PP.S. (O’Fallon)



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