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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday – C19                                                                                                                                      

Dear friends in Christ,

 

The gospel for the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus talks about two ‘goings’, one is Jesus’ going back to the Father, the other is the great commission, the sending of Jesus’ disciples to go and convert all the nations. Here we see what was the ministry of Jesus now becomes the ministry of the Church. Today, in the gospel for Pentecost, Jesus gives the disciples the power of forgiving sins and reconciling people to God. Again, what was Jesus’ work now becomes the Church’s work.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost marked the beginning of the Church and opened a new era of the Holy Spirit. The Acts describes the first Pentecost as a mighty rush of the Holy Spirit renewing and regenerating all things. It was true so. But, in John’s gospel Jesus told Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit, saying, “The wind blows where it wills.” In the life of Christians, Pentecost can also be like a breeze or a quiet breath of God blowing quietly within our hearts.

St. Basil the Great described the Spirit at work in our hearts like this: “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. Souls in whom the Spirit shines become spiritual themselves and a source of grace for others. Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God.”

Jesus once said, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already burning!” Come to the Holy Spirit and let him activate in us what God has planned in the beginning to make his image ever clearer and better in us. As the Church, filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will continue to cast the fire Jesus has begun, setting the world burning with God’s Spirit of truth, unity and peace.

COME, HOLY SPIRIT AND RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH !

Fr. Joe