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PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 23, 2021



A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11I When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”


REFLECTION


strong driving wind

tongues as of fire,

filled with the Holy Spirit


During the last 50 days, the apostles cowered in the upper room, praying with and comforted by Mother Mary. Jesus had promised them His Holy Spirit and though He ascended 10 days prior, they were patiently and fearfully waiting.


With faith, fidelity and persevering silent prayer, the anticipated fulfillment of the promise of Christ is finally accomplished.The Paschal mystery is now complete. The apostles have now no fear, are courageous and their love for God has become transformative. And the Catholic Church was born that day.


But why is the Holy Spirit so important? He is the guide to truth, the motivator of good, the fearless leader and the One capable of transforming us. The Holy Spirit is the soul of my soul, my sanctifier and the guest in my deep interior.


He is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity and will be the advocate for Jesus in our lives. We cannot change ourselves, but, if with humility, we allow the Holy Spirit to live in us, we can become saints. The Holy Spirit on Pentecost came with a violent wind but the apostles were not knocked down. His violence is gentle, peaceful and sweet. (St Francis de Sales)


The Holy Spirit wants us to sing not just to everyone, but to Him in person. (Top Secret 1) Invite Him to take residence in our souls today.


God Bless You

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