We celebrate the “Feast of the Apostles.” In preparation for this feast I would like to share some thoughts concerning the apostles and the establishment of the early church. It is my prayer that all will draw closer to God, to an understanding of the apostles, and to those who received instruction from disciples of the apostles.
“And He appointed twelve, whom He also named APOSTLES, to be with Him and to be sent out…” (Mark 3:14).
The twelve apostles formed the inner core of the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. They were personally chosen by the Lord Himself, had the power of working miracles, and were inspired to teach and to do extraordinary mission work. On the Feast of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on the apostles and they became great, giving witness with the power of the life and death and the resurrection of Jesus as He declared they should. (more…)
The Pentecost, descent of the Holy Spirit, is immediately followed by the Apostle’s fast which lasts from the Monday after Pentecost to July 12th (Abib 5th). The apostles started preaching after the reception of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Acts does not end with the word “Amen,” unlike most other books in the bible. This is significant because the preaching of the apostle did not stop at the end of the book. It is continued everyday through our works. The Apostles’ Fast is a great opportunity for one to be reminded of the works that the Holy Spirit did through the Apostles, such as, St. Peter’s sermon, which converted approximately three thousand people. During St. Peter’s sermon, a man fell asleep, fell off a a building, but through prayer and the Holy Spirit, the man was brought back alive. Also, the many miracles of St. Peter and St. Paul are constantly brought up during this season to motivate one’s spiritual struggle.
The fast always terminates on Abib 5th because that is the day for the commemoration of the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul. Although their lives on earth was ended on that day, their work on earth is perpetuated by Christians. It is our duty to preach as they preached, and if necessary we may use words. Their stories always prove inspiration; their struggles are incredibly inspirational. Their lives are truly a model for every Christian. Their faith was truly firm.
It is of great importance to remember that all the works of the apostles were through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The same is with every decision made in church nowadays: It is always in light of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Any decision made otherwise is unwise; thus, it is vital to continually ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our life.
We pray that God may bless us throughout this fast, and that the prayers, intercessions, and blessings of all the apostles be with us all. Amen.