Filled with the Spirit

April 17, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word…They presented these men to the Apostles who prayed and laid hands on them. (Acts 6:1-7)

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT: In today’s first reading, we have the beginnings of the ministry of the deacon as the Apostles chose, and laid hands upon, seven men from among the disciples.

Since being ordained a permanent deacon in June 2012, I have had bouts with feelings of unworthiness. Just look at the description from Acts — am I reputable and filled with the Spirit and wisdom? Worthy or not, I was called and I do my best to serve God and the Church.

The fact that some are called to specific ministries in the Church does not let everyone else off the hook. Everyone is called to live out the Gospel message by serving God and others. No one should sit back and think, “That’s their job.”

We are all members of the Body of Christ, and as such, have an obligation to live our faith by spreading our faith.

YOU are filled with the Spirit. God needs all of us.

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