2nd Week of Easter

Five loaves and two fish became more than enough food for a vast crowd. The Gospel of John assures us that God doesn’t ration the gift of the Holy Spirit, either. To Nicodemus, a Pharisee, the idea of grown people “born from above” and “born of the Spirit” made no sense. To him, babies were born, and that was that. Later, with the Apostles on trial before the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel advised letting them go. If just a fad, their endeavors would die out. If not, the Sanhedrin might find itself “fighting against God”! The Apostles, flogged and warned to stop preaching in Jesus’ name, regained their freedom. When we feel dispirited and yet reluctant to take Saint Peter’s advice to cast our worries upon the Lord, have we rationed our willingness to believe He will help?