"ACTing Out”... During this Easter season our lectionary readings have been taking us on an adventure through Acts. The book of “The Acts of the Apostles” is the second great book of the NT written by the “beloved Physician,” turned historian, Luke. The book could just as accurately be called “The Continuing Acts of the Holy Spirit,” as it comprises those accounts to which the Lord Jesus, Himself, alluded when He told His disciples, “I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father” (Jn 14:12). Just think, here, about the 3k souls added to the Church on Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2). Think also of the many who, just by coming into contact with Peter’s shadow, were healed of all their diseases (Acts 5). Jesus explained that all this would be possible, because He was going back to the Father, and, after dying His redemptive death on the cross and rising from the tomb, He would ascend to the right hand of God the Father and send the Holy Spirit, The Comforter, predicted in John 16: “But I am telling you the truth: it is better for you that I go away, because if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you. But if I do go away, then I will send Him to you.” So, the Holy Spirit empowers Jesus’ Disciples to carry on and carry out the miraculous ministry of saving souls, which Jesus started by His finished atonement on the cross. Now, let the proclamation of that victory go on! What an adventure! And even though the book of Acts ends with chapter 28, the reality is we, the Church today, are in a sense writing Acts 29 and succeeding chapters. The same Spirit works through the same Word of God today to enrich us and to add to the Church daily those who are being saved. In the Name of the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit. Amen.