May 5th, 2017

Today’s first Mass reading is Acts 9:1-20.  It recounts the dramatic story of Paul’s conversion.  Several things struck me in this reading.  First of all, Jesus equates persecution of Christians with persecuting him.  (verse 4)  So Jesus himself is being persecuted in the world today in various places by various people, even here in the U.S.  It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the President has to sign an executive order prohibiting the persecution of Christians.  It’s basically like issuing an executive order that people have to abide by first amendment of the Constitution.

The second thing that struck me was how sudden and dramatic Paul’s conversion was.  Within a few days Paul went from persecuting Jesus to proclaiming him as the Son of God in the synagogues.  He didn’t hold back.  He didn’t worry about being politically correct.  He knew the truth and he was going to proclaim it no matter what.  We need people like that in the world.  I think the closest example in my lifetime is Billy Graham.

Thirdly, I think the reading helps us to think about our own conversion stories.  We come to the Lord in different ways.  For some people it’s sudden and dramatic.  For others it’s more gradual.  Our testimony should basically answer three questions:  1. What was my life like before I met Jesus?  2.  How did I meet Jesus?  3.  What has my life been like since I met Jesus?  Can you answer those questions?  If so, you have a conversion testimony.  For me there have been two major turning points in my life.  First I was born again on January 29, 1976.  Second, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1983.  My life changed substantially after each of these experiences.

Finally, the reading said that Paul was a chosen instrument or vessel of God to carry the name of Jesus to Gentiles and kings as well as the Jewish people.  I think as Christians we’re all chosen vessels of God.  We’re all called, in some way, to carry the name of Jesus to someone.   God help us to discern what we’re called to do and to have the faith and courage to do it.


May 2nd, 2017

Today’s Gospel reading was John 6:30-35.  The people want a sign so they can see and believe in Jesus.  In the desert God gave them bread from heaven to eat.  They’re expecting a miracle like that.  But faith cannot be proved.  If we believe only what we can see, it’s not really faith.  Jesus has already given them signs.  They’ve seen his miracles.  They’ve seen his healings.  They’ve seen his multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Yet they still don’t believe.  For those who believe, no sign is required.  For those who don’t believe, no sign is sufficient.  Jesus himself is the greatest sign.  He is the living bread sent by God from heaven to sustain us for all eternity.  And no one who comes to him will be rejected.

A lot of people today know about Jesus but they don’t know him.  They don’t believe in him.  So how do we come to believe in Jesus?  Sunday’s Gospel reading provides an answer.  It was the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35. The disciples saw Jesus, walked with him, and talked with him.  But they didn’t recognize him at first.  They came to recognize him through hearing the word of God and in the breaking of the bread.  We too come to recognize Jesus by hearing the word of God and then in the breaking of the bread, the Eucharist.


March 29th, 2017

The Mass readings for today were Isaiah 49:8-15, Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18; and John 5:17-30.  The word that jumped out at me in these readings was the simple word “all”.  The Psalm says God is good to “all”;   not only to the righteous and just, not only to those who deserve it or earn it.  He is good to everyone.  He’s good to saints and sinners, righteous and unrighteous, just and unjust, those who go to church and those who don’t, those who believe in him and those who don’t.  His compassion is on “all” that he has made.  He upholds “all” who are falling.  He raises up “all” who are bowed down.  Again, “all” means everyone.  He is faithful in all his words.  He will do everything he says he will do.  We can put our full trust in his word.  He is just in all his ways.  He will never be unfair.  He is kind in all his doings.  Everything God does is kind.  He wants everyone to be saved.  That’s good news for all of us isn’t it?

The reading from John’s Gospel says that Jesus does whatever the Father does.  So he is also good to all, has compassion on all, upholds all who are falling, raises up all who are bowed down, is just in all his ways, faithful to all his words, and kind in everything he does.  The Isaiah reading says that God answers us, gives us favor, gives us salvation, feeds us, quenches our thirst, comforts us, has compassion on us and never forgets us.  So Jesus does all of that too.  Furthermore, Jesus says the day is coming when all the dead will hear his voice, and all who hear it will live.  It doesn’t say that only those who died believing in him will hear his voice.  Everyone will hear him.  Everyone will somehow be given a chance for salvation and eternal life.  Everyone will somehow be given an opportunity to accept or reject Jesus.  But why wait?  Why not accept Jesus today and receive all these blessings now?


Prior Posts

February 11th, 2017

My server recently crashed and, unfortunately, I lost all my prior blog posts.  There were probably a couple hundred of them and they were categorized by date and topic.  So I’ll be starting over as the Spirit leads me.  God be with you now and always.

Welcome to “Blogging in the Spirit”

January 16th, 2011

I’m not a priest or an official spokesperson for the Catholic church, although my book (Confessions of a Born Again Catholic) does have the Imprimatur (meaning “let it be written”) and the Nihil Obstat (“no objections”) from the Catholic church.  What I am is a born again, Spirit filled, Bible believing,  Catholic attorney who loves the Word of God and has spent a great deal of time studying it.  Many of the Blog posts are simply my reflections on the Mass readings of the day.  Where scripture verses are given, I would encourage the reader to look them up and read them for yourself, then read the Blog post.  Ask God what He’s saying to you in these readings.  If you feel lead to do so, you can add your comments by clicking on the comment tab below the post.  If the tab says “No Comments” you can be the first one.  If the tab shows a number (such as 6 Comments) you can add your comment and join in the conversation.

The intent of this Blog is that it be God centered and faith filled.  The purpose is not to argue, criticize, gossip or use language that will not give glory to God.  We are interested in your insights and reflections on the Blog posts and the scripture references.  We are also interested in what God is doing in your life, how He has ministered to you,  your answered prayers, testimonies, praise reports, prayer requests and reflections on God’s Word.  Finally, this is a Catholic website, and we welcome your positive comments and experiences regarding the Catholic faith.

Thank you for visiting this website and Blog.  God be with you.

Daniel F. Wiegand

Blog moderator and author of  “Confessions of a Born Again Catholic”.