Come Holy Spirit

Dear friends: Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. On this day the Holy Spirit descended with power upon the Apostles in the image of tongues of fire, and thus began the mission of the Church in the world. Once they received the Spirit, they went out boldly and preached to all in Jerusalem and elsewhere. Jesus Himself, prepared the Eleven for this mission, appearing to them on many occasions after His Resurrection. Prior to His Ascension into Heaven, He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father; that is, He asked them to stay together to prepare themselves to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples followed the command of Jesus. They as a community gathered together in prayer along with Mary in the Upper Room, waiting for the promised gift. It is here they all received the Holy Spirit. This feast of Pentecost is the culmination of the Paschal mystery which tells us of the sending of the Spirit of the Father and the Son on the disciples.

Secondly, today’s feast also indicates that the Holy Spirit is an ongoing reality, which still touches our lives every single day. During His apparitions, Jesus gives two gifts to His followers, the gift of His abiding peace and the power to forgive sins. He commissions them to carry on His work, empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit and peace. The same call has been given to all the baptized to preach and teach the message of salvation. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may renew our commitment to Christ to bear witness to Him.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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