by Sr. Charlene Herinckx, SSMO
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
We have a savior!  Alleluia!  Easter joy fills our hearts at this time of year.  And yet the first reading today reminds us that true and faithful followers of Jesus were called before the Sanhedrin to remind the apostles that they had been ordered to cease sharing the Good News.  Just as they refused, we can question ourselves about any hesitations we have experienced to share the Good News.
In the Psalm 34 responsorial, we see two promises: “many are the troubles of the just” and “but out of them all the Lord delivers.”  If our sharing the Good News follows the pattern of the lives of the apostles, we are called to be authentic witnesses to Jesus and his message.  And we are forewarned that this stance will bring on “troubles” which are within our abilities to confront and overcome, with God’s inspiration and guidance.
Is it possible to confront and overcome?  Yes! With God’s grace, we too receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.