Acts 19:1-8 Reflection:
Today we begin the run to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.The readings this week focus on the Spirit and the power that the Spirit brings to the Christian.
Paul heads overland to Ephesus and meets a group of disciples who have never even heard of the Holy Spirit, they have only been baptized by 'John's baptism.'
Paul baptizes them in the name of the Jesus and the Spirit came upon them.
This has happened to us all. More than likely, we received the Spirit when we were baptized as infants. But the Spirit does not force his way into our lives. He waits patiently until we invite him to become part of our life in ever more meaningful ways.
We do this through surrender - to God's will, prayer, reflection and alms-giving.
Eventually the Spirit becomes more alive in us and guides us wherever he wants us to go.
These are lived experiences, they cannot be taught. We grow into them on a daily basis.
As Christians we grow to learn that the work of the Spirit is deep and profound. Pentecost invites us to live in the spirit.