This Sunday we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost and our Easter season of 50 days will draw to a close. “Come Holy Spirit” is the theme of our celebrations and a reminder to each of us that we need to call upon the Holy Spirit every day. How very true this is. These gifts that we received at our confirmation are precious. The question is, do I call upon these gifts? Really and truly? Do I call upon the gift of wisdom, and value spiritual things over worldly ones? Do I contemplate the things of God? Do I call upon the gift of courage, and stand up for God and His truths? There is no doubt that this is what the world needs, and it starts in my own home. Do I pray for the gift of knowledge? This is the awareness of God’s plan. This can be a challenge at this time and living through a pandemic. Yet this is what we must pray for. Do I pray for the gift of wonder and awe that increases my desire to draw closer to God and depart from sin? The list goes on. Here we have yet another challenge, but opportunity too. When we call upon these gifts it has the power to change – wait – transform our lives, and live a rich and full life in communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here is a reflection from a lady by the name of Marion who I met on a summer assignment in reflecting on the Holy Spirit…
If I look upwards, I will find the Spirit of God waiting to be invited into my heart, soul, spirit, life, to raise me to a new level of love, consciousness and intensity. To love as Jesus loves makes me realize that I do not have His patience, tolerance, or depth of forgiveness. This is where His Spirit comes in, and that is why the Spirit is given to us. If I have the Spirit of Jesus living in my heart, then, surely, I can be a channel of His love, patience, and forgiveness in the lives of others. Open your heart, invite the Spirit in. 'Come Spirit, breath, and power of God. Enter my heart, and generate within me the heart of Jesus. Let His love, forgiveness, and service flow through me to others.’
May we call upon the Holy Spirit, the advocate, to make a home in our hearts, and to be an instrument of peace, love, and hope.
Whether in person or virtually, I look forward to you joining me for Mass this Pentecost Sunday.
May God continue to bless and keep safe each of you and those that you love.
Did You Know
That Pentecost is the “fiftieth” day at the end of the seven weeks following Passover? At the first Pentecost after the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was manifested, given and communicated as a divine Person to the Church, fulfilling the pascal mystery of Christ according to his promise (Catechism of the Catholic Church - CCC). Annually the Church celebrates the memory of the Pentecost event as the beginning of the new “age of the Church,” when Christ lives and acts in and with his Church (CCC, 1076). We receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit at our Confirmation. Do you remember your Confirmation? The Bishop who confirmed you? This is / was a beautiful day for us when we received these gifts – gifts that are to be used by us each and every day. When you are in need of knowledge, courage, understanding and so on, simply pray “Come, Holy Spirit!” We are crying out to God – the third person of the Trinity for help. Be prepared to be amazed! This is our faith!
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