Accepting the Word of the Resurrection Gladly (Thurs. May 6)

The word of the day is “gladly. ”   We call miraculous something that is done by an extraordinary and mysterious power.  But is the acceptance of such a phenomenon also a miracle?  In our reading of Acts 2:38-43, we learn of the astounding reception of the initial preaching of the Gospel.  In response to the first sermon preached after the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, three thousand souls were added to the number of believers.  Luke, the writer of Acts record, “ “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (OSB  vs. 43).  Note that those who accepted Peter’s message had never heard such things before. …