The prescription seems simple enough: repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus to have your sins forgiven, receive the Holy Spirit. Repent - turn away from sin. Be baptized - turn toward Jesus. In return receive a part of God himself. Not a bad exchange: give up your sin and get a share of the Divinity. The reward that God promises us for giving up our sins is so tremendous, so mind-boggling, how can we resist, how can we hesitate? What a deal God offers us!
For reflection: What sins do I need to give up?
Let us pray. Jesus, I want to give you my sins. I give you . . . . I'm sorry for hanging on to these sins for so long. They hurt you and others. Thank you for taking them from me and forgiving me.
I ask now for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Righteousness, the Spirit of Healing, the Spirit of Comfort. Come, Holy Spirit.