Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pentecost, new pentecost, perpetual pentecost

Pentecost Sunday
Cycle B

The Holy Father Pope Benedict addressed the young people last 23rd World Youth Day two years ago with a compelling message about the gift of the Holy Spirit, something that applies not only to the youth but to all of us who want to take Christian life seriously.

Dubbed with the theme from Acts 1:8, the Holy Father inspired the young people to be the bringers of the Holy Spirit to their contemporaries. He didn't forget this call of the young people and instead strengthened it when during the 43rd World Communications Day, he called them the new evangelizers of the digital continent.

So how do the young people become bringers of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Father, reflecting on the revelation of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures and in the life of the Church, reminds them to adhere to Jesus as the only one who can fulfill the more intimate aspirations that are in the of each person. Only Christ can humanize humanity and lead to its "divinization".

Second, renewal in the Holy Spirit entails regular reception of the Eucharist and understanding the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Confirmation perfects the gift of the Holy Spirit received during Baptism while The Holy Eucharist becomes a "perpetual Pentecost" because we receive the Holy Spirit each time we participate in the mass.

Finally, the Holy Father is invoking a "New Pentecost" in which the young people must live a life of holiness and become missionaries not only to fellow youth but also to the world that is hungry for the true gifts of the Holy Spirit; to respond with love to hatred and disregard for life; and to proclaim the hope of the risen Christ in every corner of the earth.

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