THEME: THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ITS GIFTS AND FRUITS
(Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23)
Today is the Pentecost Sunday, year A and it also remarkably draws the Easter season to an end. The gratuitous promise made by our Lord, Jesus Christ to His disciples to send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on a day like this. Thus, we commemorate the Third Person of the Trinity today. Also, the Church gladly celebrates the beginning of her mission today, her birthday, for the wait is over, the ripples of the advent of the Holy Spirit is in effect. The Church looks up to her members to speak the one language of the Holy Spirit- love and understanding. Have you and I been up to this?
At the beginning of his mission on earth, Jesus declared that the Spirit of God is upon him (Lk. 4:16 ff) and thus, the divine mission must be fulfilled. He knew the gift of the Holy Spirit was of great necessity for his people. This same Spirit has been, is with and will still be felt in the Church.
Isaiah 11:2 gives us an idea of the Gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and the fear of God. These are the routes to our homeland. What shall we do? (Lk. 11:13) we MUST ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit; to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The emphasis of St. Paul in the second reading is to live as one, in love and not discord. As the Spirit is a witness on our behalf to God, so we must be witnesses to the Holy Spirit by spreading the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Kindness, and Self-control.
We therefore pray with the Church: “Come, Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful and renew in them, the fire of your love”. Let us spread this fire of Gentleness, Kindness and self-control throughout this week and always in a world that is full of hate.
Happy Pentecost Sunday!