Gospel Reflection, Pentecost, Year C
Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13; John 14: 15-16, 23b-26
The Advocate will be with us Always
"I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples" (Saint John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, no. 3).
These are the words of Saint John Paul II as he described his vision for the Church in the new millennium. All of us are called to participate in the New Evangelization. This is the task that gives the church its deepest identity. But in order to do this, we must move from a faith of habit sustained perhaps by the pattern of life that we grew up with, to a faith that is conscious of Christ always and personally lived.
Mary and the Apostles prayed with great joy in the Temple after our Lord Ascended into heaven. They believed in the promise of Jesus in our gospel today: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” There are so many good things that could be done to offer welcome, to pray together, to learn our faith and to serve our fellow brothers and sisters, especially those most in need. And we all have great gifts to share by the Holy Spirit given to us at our baptism and at Confirmation. In Confirmation we are anointed as those who are to be more closely bound to the mission of the Church. We are the Church with Christ as our Head. So, God has given us many gifts that come forth through the Holy Spirit and are meant to be given.
But first, we must pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We must pray always for the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with the fire of His love. We do not do the Lord’s work on our own, but rather, we give glory to God. I have posted a Novena to the Holy Spirit on our parish website under the Publications tab. Feel free to download it and pray for the Holy Spirit to come!