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First Reading for the Monday of the 7th Week of Easter

Acts 19:1-8

Summary: Paul finds disciples in Ephesus unaware of the Holy Spirit; after explaining, he baptizes them in Jesus' name, leading to them receiving the Holy Spirit and prophesying.

Renewal in Ephesus

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.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

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