Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; Matthew 28:8-15
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. (Acts 2:28)
Have you watched a baby take its first step? It’s quite a breakthrough, isn’t it? After spending months mastering the art of crawling, one day she decides to take a stand. That first wobbly step or two usually ends in a tumbling heap on the floor. But soon she’s globe-trotting, going faster and farther than she ever thought possible. Millions of steps and tumbles later, she is a little master of walking, running, and dancing.
As we enter the Easter season together with the apostles, let’s play with an analogy. Before Jesus rose and poured out his Spirit, the apostles were a little like expert crawlers. They timidly clung to hope and to each other for comfort. They clung to old skills, even taking up fishing again. But when the Spirit came, they were so full of God’s love that they decided to stand and share the good news of that love with all Jerusalem—as we see Peter doing in today’s first reading. Next, they learned not just to stand but to walk with the Spirit. Cooperating with this immense outpouring of grace, they witnessed heaven touching earth in the form of miracles and conversions. Then they danced for joy. And they ran to the four corners of the earth, announcing, “Christ is risen!”
Today, Jesus wants to make this news resound in your heart as well: “I am risen!” Can you sense the immensity of his love? Embrace it! Let the empty tomb and the triumph of the cross raise you to your feet. Jesus is inviting you to learn to walk with him as he travels the “paths of life” in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:28).
Would you like to see heaven touching earth? Then say Yes and stand up. It doesn’t matter how many times, or how hard, you’ve fallen in the past. This is a season of breakthrough! Every day, spend time with Jesus. Ask him to fill you with love until your cup runs over. And practice walking through the natural peaks, plains, and valleys of your day close to his side. Then you’ll surely dance when you see him using your life to usher in his kingdom.
“Holy Spirit, teach me to walk with you.”~WAU