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Catholic Reflections Daily: Today’s Mass readings Acts 16:22-34; John 16:5-11. Gospel Theme of the day is The Power of Faith: Unleashing the Miraculous Acts of the Spirit

Catholic Daily Readings For Today

The Reading Texts is according to the USCCB Lectionary

First Reading

Acts 16:22-34

22 The crowd joined in the attack on them, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23 After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely. 24 When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet to a stake.

25 About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, 26 there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew [his] sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.” 29 He asked for a light and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” 32 So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. 33 He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. 34 He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

Response: Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
or: Alleluia.


John 16:5-11

5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: 9 sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; 11 condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

Powerful Catholic Reflections Daily

The Power of Faith: Unleashing the Miraculous Acts of the Spirit

In the realm of human accomplishments, it is essential to recognize that true success stems from the divine intervention of the Lord. Despite our tendencies towards self-projection and self-glory, it is important to acknowledge that all achievements, particularly in matters of faith and morality, are manifestations of God’s grace and support. In this article, we will delve into the notion that faith knows no barriers and explore the remarkable influence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles, highlighting the conviction of sin and the unwavering courage they possessed.

Understanding the Primacy of God’s Glory

Within human nature lies the inclination to take credit for personal accomplishments, depositing success solely into one’s “personal accounts.” However, when it comes to spiritual matters, the glory must primarily belong to God. The apostles serve as a remarkable example, never claiming individual merit or ascribing success solely to themselves. In fact, the entire Acts of the Apostles can be considered the Acts of the Spirit, showcasing the indomitable power of God.

The Holy Spirit as the Guide and Testifier

The Holy Spirit assumes a pivotal role as a constant companion to the apostles, guiding their actions and testifying against the world in regard to its sin and unrighteousness. This divine presence empowers them to lead a blameless life, while also convicting others of their wrongdoing. Through the Holy Spirit, the apostles gain clarity and courage in their faith, enabling them to overcome any adversity that comes their way.

Undeterred by Adversity

The apostles faced immense adversity throughout their mission, enduring stripping, beatings, imprisonment, and even physical restraint. However, their spirits remained unvanquished, and their mission continued undeterred. The power of the Holy Spirit within them transcended any form of affliction, enabling them to stay resolute in their purpose and spread the message of faith.

The Unstoppable Force of the Spirit

The power of the Holy Spirit knows no bounds. Even the foundations of the earth may quake and doors may swing open, but nothing can resist the indomitable force of the Spirit. Chains fall loose, and opportunities arise for the apostles to continue their sacred mission. The Spirit empowers them to overcome every obstacle, ensuring that their resolve remains unshaken.

Miracles and Conversion

Among the numerous miracles associated with the apostles, the most profound effect of the Spirit’s power is the power of conversion. The apostles’ unwavering faith and the miraculous works they performed leave an indelible impact on those around them. One such instance is the conversion of the jailor and his entire household, who, witnessing the apostles’ faith, choose to believe in the Lord and serve Him with unwavering passion and zeal.


In the grand tapestry of human accomplishments, it is vital to recognize that faith transcends personal ambition and takes root in the divine realm. The power of the Holy Spirit emboldens individuals, allowing them to navigate adversity with unwavering courage. As we reflect on the Acts of the Apostles, we are reminded that the true source of success lies in acknowledging God’s grace and remaining steadfast in faith. Let us embrace the power of faith and unlock the limitless potential it holds, trusting in the unwavering support of the Lord.