Pentecost Sunday, is the 8th Sunday and the fiftieth day (Pentēkostē in Greek, fiftieth) after Easter where we commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the faithful. Jn 20:20 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This outpouring gave birth to the Church and its mission to be witnesses of the faith to make Christian disciples. Hence, Pentecost Sunday is also the birthday of the missionary church.
There was strong wind from the sky and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them. Filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to proclaim.
There are various manifestations of the Holy Spirit. The word manifestation means to make the intangible visible and able to be detected by our senses. For example, energy is intangible but shows itself in the form of electricity or sound. Similarly, each of us detects the Holy Spirit differently. Some internally experience warmth, others the shaking of hands and to others, the inner peace that calms the soul. Additionally, (1 Cor 12) “to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” There are external manifestations for the benefit of others as well – The gift of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues and the interpretation of tongues. These gifts are to be used to witness to the faith.
The celebration of Pentecost originates in Jewish Tradition to celebrate the gift of the law to Moses in the 10 commandments. It is not easy to live out the commandments in our lives. Our Heavenly Father knows this well and that is why He has given us the Holy Spirit! Physically, Jesus is with us no more but he does not leave us desolate. This is ‘the advocate’ Jesus is talking about to strengthen our faith and obedience to the commandments.
Matt 22:37 “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Truly, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another. This is how you all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:34-35) This is why Jesus says in today’s Gospel reading that if we love him, we will keep his commandments and love our neighbour. If we believe in Him, we will obey Him. Thus, through the way we live our lives, we will prove to the world that we are witnesses of God!
- Have you been keeping the commandments?
- Is there room for improvement?
Whoever loves me keeps my word and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our dwelling in him.
God has chosen you and his Spirit dwells in you. It helps
Together with the Holy Spirit, there is a desire not give in to the sins that dwell in us by our human nature. The Holy Spirit pricks us to turn away from temptation and is greatly saddened when we fall to evil. Responding to the Holy Spirit grows the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, may we be sensitive to the Spirit of Truth so that we are able to live our lives as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on your people and empower them on their mission!
Blessed birthday to all,