Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pentecost


Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-23


The Holy Spirit enables us to detect the Lord's presence in our lives and in the mysteries of faith particularly the Eucharist.

Every Eucharist, every sacrament, every action in the Church become the living presence of Jesus through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Even our unity in the Church becomes the surest image of God's presence because of the Holy Spirit.

Known as the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the fear in their hearts changed to courage.  They spoke in a language that all people understand.  Immediately, 3000 were converted to the faith, all because of the Holy Spirit.

Let us appreciate Holy Spirit in our lives as we walk the way of the Lord.  Let us recall when we first received the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  We were initiated into God's world.  We need to learn more about the world we entered into, the world of God through catechesis.

Second, we let us be sensitive to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the concrete instances of life.  We need the spirit of discernment to differentiate right from wrong.  We need to form our consciences according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Third, let us fill ourselves with the light and fire of the Holy Spirit.  Let the passion of the Holy Spirit be upon us as we proclaim the Good News to others and influence others to live the life of the Holy Spirit.  Then the whole world will know that it is not just journeying through material time and space; rather, we are journeying toward the Kingdom of truth, justice, peace, and love.

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