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Life would be so much easier for us if Jesus were still walking the earth among us. It would eliminate so many arguments and provide undeniable proof that Jesus lived, died, and rose again. But what would his physical presence mean to us? There would indeed be benefits: we really could ask the question, "What would Jesus do?" and get an answer!

But there would also be enormous temptation to expect him to solve all life's problems directly. "Jesus, please stop the war in . . .," "Lord, please find me a new job," "I beg you, Lord, to cure my friend."

We might want to spend countless hours in his presence, neglecting our personal vocation and responsibilities. Jesus commanded his disciples to proclaim the good news to every nation. He promised that the power of the Holy Spirit would be given to them to help them persevere. This power would also help them do extraordinary things in his name. Then Jesus disappeared from their sight, and returned to his place at the right hand of God. We have never had the grace of knowing Jesus in human form.

The disciples were promised they would be clothed with power from on high; by the same token we received a white garment at our baptism and were told we were now clothed in Christ. For those of us who were baptized as infants, the idea of being clothed in power meant nothing at the time. But this power was indeed given to us, to be nurtured and to come to fulfillment in our adult lives.

For us to persevere as followers of Jesus we continually need the power of the Spirit. Let us set aside a time each day, as the first disciples did, to seek out the Spirit's power in prayer as we approach the feast of Pentecost.

Living Stewardship Now

Explore the opportunities in the parish for praying with others: prayer groups, Eucharistic Adoration, rosary group. Praying together can strengthen the habit of personal prayer.