Read Acts 16:22-34, Ps. 138:1-3,7-8, John 16:5-11

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus describes the work of the Holy Spirit as one who makes us aware of our sinfulness as well as our unrighteousness. Simply put, the Holy Spirit is that voice that we hear deep down within our hearts when we have not lived up to expectations.

If the Holy Spirit convinces us of our sins, it means he also inspires us to do what is right. Learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking from the depths of your heart. Get used to following the instructions of the Holy Spirit and your entire life will never remain the same again.

Even in moments of persecution, call on the Holy Spirit and he will tell you exactly what you must do. Our first reading today teaches us a very important lesson. Singing is powerful so powerful that it not only melts the human heart, it also touches the heart of God. Paul and Silas found themselves in prison for doing the work of God but see what they did.

Right there in prison, rather than fall into despair, they burst into singing. They prayed, they sang and the Holy Spirit came down. God who did not prevent them from being beaten and thrown in prison became moved when he heard them pray and sing. He not only freed them from prison, but he also brought about the conversion of the chief jailer.

The Christian life is not easy but there is always a way out; singing and praying are two things we can do anytime and our situation will definitely change for the better. Do not be sorrowful. The Steadfast Love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness O, Lord.

Let us pray: Come O Holy Spirit fill our hearts, and enkindle in us your Sacred Fire. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 6th week of Eastertide. Bible Study: Acts 16:22-34, Ps. 138:1-3,7-8, John 16:5-11).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu