From a Creighton Student's Perspective
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
April 17th, 2009
Sophomore, English Major
The clearest connection between these two readings for today seems to be the work of the Holy Spirit. In Acts, it is clear that Peter was only able to speak eloquently because he was “filled with the Holy Spirit.” After Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied him three times out of fear, yet he has just made a bold speech to Jewish authorities. It doesn’t seem like these could be the same people. But the Holy Spirit fills and transforms Peter, giving him courage to speak.
The movement of the Holy Spirit is also clear in the gospel reading. He has so much zeal for the Lord! Upon hearing that Jesus was on shore, he immediately swam to him, while the other disciples took the dry route on the boat. Peter could not wait in the boat because of his love for Christ. Soon after arriving on shore, Jesus says, “Bring some of the fish you caught.” Peter doesn’t pull just some of the fish, but all 153 fish to shore on his own. His zeal for Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring him to a greater love for Jesus.
“They realized it was the Lord.” They do not have control over their realization; it is a sudden, loving recognition of Christ as Lord. The Holy Spirit worked through them so that they recognize Jesus’ authority and their appropriate lowliness.
The Jewish leaders who sought to crucify Jesus are too concerned with their own authority to recognize that “there is no salvation through anyone” but Jesus. They have been building up Judaism and the scriptures, but Jesus is the cornerstone, fulfilling every prophecy.
During this beginning of the Easter season it is important that we remember to recognize our lowliness and let the Holy Spirit work through us to give glory to God. Let us ask the intercession of our mother, Mary, who perfectly recognized herself as the handmaid of the Lord. It is only by giving God the glory and recognizing his ultimate authority, that the Holy Spirit will fill us with courage, zeal, and love as we continue to proclaim that “there [is no] other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” except that of “Jesus Christ the Nazorean.” May the Holy Spirit work within to bring us to a greater zeal for and love of Christ.
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