"What must we do?" This was the question asked by those who heard Peter preach on the feast of Pentecost. His answer? "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). Peter knew immediately that what Jesus had given them was for everyone. "The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call" (2:39).
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.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.