SPEAKING PLAINLY…

Acts 19:1-8 

1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. 6 And they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve of them in all.
8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God;

John 16:29-33 

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure!
30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.”31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.33 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

MEDITATION

THE FIRST READING: Traveling through Ephesus Paul discovered that a number of disciples who followed John the Baptist received the “baptism of repentance” which cleaned mans outer body, implying that it was not efficascious, because it lacked a supernatural “sign!” On the other hand, when John baptized Christ; in the name of the ” Father, Son and Holy Spirit” he put an end to the Johannine rite of baptism. The Trinitarian baptism (Mt 28:19) is a supernatural event whereby the Triune God remit mans sin commited by our first parents and confer actual grace upon the soul of the baptized. 

Additionally baptism is the operative way of how we are saved. 1Pt 3:1 Another gift that flowed from the baptism Rite was the gift of speaking in tongues which actually meant that those who received this charism were able to transmit Gods word in the tongue of their hearers irrespective their native language (Acts 2:8), where language translators are not at hand. It is certainly not the gobbledlygook verbiage uttered by hyped-up excited sincere believers.

THE GOSPEL READING: The disciples journey with Christ moved through a number of phases: His call that they follow Him (Mk 8:3,4); Their enquiry as to His validity (Mt 2:4;22:42). Their assent to be taught and baptized by Him (Mt 5:1-2; Jn 3:26)—known as the Catechumenate phase. Then followed the Purification, commitment (Jn 21:15), initiation (Luke 22; Jn13:12) and the Mystagogy phase when the mysteries of the Gospel were revealed, and the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the twelve at Pentecost. 

At this juncture, Jesus’ disciples are somewhat relieved that He spoke plainly— no longer in a cryptic or a metaphorical sense. The penny has so to speak finaly dropped, implying that all He had taught them are clarified save for the Mastagogy phase that occured at Pentecost. Plainly speaking, those of us who are confused and not at peace to the extent that we are not sure what or who to belief on matters of faith and salvation, are called to pray for the gift of discernment to consider reading sacred scripture through the lens of the teachings of the Catholic Church who as a matter of fact compiled and canonized the bible!

LET US PRAY:Psalms 68:2-7 

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before fire, let the wicked perish before God! 3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy!4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the LORD, exult before him!
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
6 God gives the desolate a home to dwell in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. 7 O God, when thou didst go forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness,

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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