Come Holy Spirit Come!

May 15, 2018

Gospel Reflection, Pentecost, Year B
Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11; Galatians 5: 16-21; John 20: 19-23

Come Holy Spirit Come!

One Saturday night a minister was busy writing his sermon for Sunday.  His little daughter saw him working busily and asked him what he was doing.  He said he was writing his sermon.  She asked, “Daddy, how do you know what to write?’  He answered, “God tells me what to write.”  Then she asked, “Why do you keep erasing.”

Sometimes it’s very clear and sometimes it’s challenging to know what God is saying to us.  I have felt pretty much like that minister sometimes.  But Jesus makes a promise that God the Father, “will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”  Therefore, through ourselves as the community of faith, the Holy Spirit will be the one to fulfill God’s plan and work.  This is Jesus’ promise! 

We must continue to believe that this plan of God will be accomplished!  In our gospel for this Pentecost Sunday, the disciples huddled in fear behind tightly shut doors.  But the risen Lord stood there and spoke into their fear: “Peace be with you.”  They began to cast off their fear and the Lord sent them out.  That is why he breathed on them, so that his Spirit may be in them.

The Holy Spirit for the disciples enabled them to proclaim God’s mighty deeds with power, beginning with Peter speaking to over 3,000 who were baptized.  They lived in unity, as those who believed radically, abiding in Jesus and sharing everything.  And now, 2,000 years later, we believe because of their witness and because of God’s faithfulness and the power of the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us.  He is a Spirit of love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control, which people of all languages can hear and understand.  So let us approach this time of Pentecost begging the Father to send a new outpouring of the Spirit.  Come, Holy Spirit, come!  Enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love!

God bless you all!

Father Tony