Second Week of Easter

Jesus withdrew so that the crowd would not try to make Him king after five loaves and two fish miraculously became a meal for thousands. 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, but He kept listening to Jesus. 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, have we rationed our willingness to believe that the Lord will help?