“When you send forth your
Spirit, they are created, and
you renew the face of the earth.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
Gospel According to John 20:19-23
by Sister Joseph Fennimore, OSB
On the solemnity of Pentecost we remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the first members of the Church, Mary, the Apostles, and other disciples, that were gathered together in one place in the city of Jerusalem. The Spirit came upon them and gave them new life and energy. As a result they moved out of their gathering place and with boldness began to proclaim the word of God in speech and action. They now had what was needed to live their lives as followers of Jesus and to build up the Church.
As members of the Church we have had our personal Pentecosts, especially when we were baptized and when we received the sacrament of Confirmation. The Holy Spirit has come upon us and is available to us at all times. He energizes us to deal with all aspects of life. His energy and graces help us to meet the challenges, demands, and expectations that are part of our daily lives. He also helps us to embrace and celebrate the joys that come to us. The more we are aware of the Spirit’s constant help and guidance, the more we seek his assistance, the more he is with us. Asking for his help and being open to it is the sure way of getting the divine help we need.
“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.” Rule of Benedict, Prologue 4
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.”