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ACTS 2:1-11

Responsorial Psalm 104

2nd Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13


Gospel John 20:19-23

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Par'thians and Medes and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre'ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."

REFLECTION: "And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them."

Our young family went on a Rio Grande river raft trip through the Santa Elena Canyon. It was a camp sleep over as well. Sleeping amidst the majesty of the mountains and the beauty of the valleys reminded us of God's infinite beauty and love.

The head guide was in full control . He was experienced, witty and shared so much knowledge about the history, plants, animals, and geology of the area. He expertly maneuvered the raft through the choppy waters without any bother. He knew when to talk and when to let us soak in the beauty.

The guides did all the work and we just sat back, relaxed and enjoyed being cared for. We knew that if we followed their advice we would be save. The guide gave us instructions on how to behave, to wear the safety vest all the time and where to sit. Snacks and water were provided. When it was time to rest, the guides pitched a tent, cooked the dinner and entertained us with stories--both factual and fictional, meant to keep our interests up. The more we cooperated and understood the rules the more freedom we had to safely enjoy the environment and the outdoors as long as we stayed on the appointed safe course.

Our trip reminds me of the docility of being with the Holy Spirit.

On that first birthday of the Catholic Church (Pentecost), the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in ways they could hardly imagine. They were no longer scared, they boldly spoke and had the gift of tongues. The Holy Spirit will guide us. He will look out for our safety, giving us the boldness to venture out to fully enjoy Him and share Him with others. God has given us all that we need to endure and survive this world.

When souls are abandoned to the Holy Spirit they are led and guided little by little. At first we do not know where we are going, but understanding that we are being taken to a new and marvelous world, we choose to follow and never be separated from Him. And how can this be?

Imagine us that day, when the Holy Spirit came to rest over each one of them with tongues of fire. With His help we will be on fire for God and His Gospel. Each of us will have different gifts given to us for our journey, meant to be shared with others. And with these gifts, we should also have His fruits--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

With docility let us celebrate the Holy Spirit. Let us sing out, "Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come, Holy Spirit, come.!"

God Bless You.


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