Today’s reading from Acts clearly sows that the gift of the Holy Spirit flows from belief in Jesus. Even those who believe in God must accept Jesus as savior and Messiah before the power of the Holy Spirit will be given to them. The Apostle Paul knew this and shared his understanding with those who had only received baptism through John the Baptist.
While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.
In a week, we will commemorate the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the Apostles on Pentecost. This is the ultimate gift, given to those who profess that Jesus is Lord. Through this gift given to the followers of Jesus, the Apostles were empowered to share the gift of the Holy Spirit through the sacramental powers given to our Holy Catholic Church.
Come, Holy Spirit!