"Ask and you will recieve so that your joy will be complete "
John 16 : 25
Pentecost What a very beautiful feast!! It is indeed, a lovely season, this time after Easter through to Pentecost. I am referring especially to the readings from the Liturgy, in particular, the Acts of the Apostles and the choice of Gospel readings…have they not been a real treat??
The apostles and disciples were a group of frightened men, cowardly, confused, lacking in confidence after Jesus’ crucifixion and death. They just did not know what to do, where to go next. Then came the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and what a change that made in their lives in every sense. From a frightened group, they became convinced of what they were about, not a bit afraid to speak out in the name of Jesus, ready to give up all, even life, for the sake of the Name. They were now convinced, assured.
Today’s readings, especially the Acts of the Apostles, Chap 2: 1-11 and the Gospel of John 14:15-16, 23-26 are very uplifting, rewarding, helpful readings and worth giving some time to reflection .
Am I ready to receive again the gift of the Spirit this Pentecost?? It is a recurring event in my life…. How am I responding?? Take time to reflect and thank God for these wonderful gifts.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, enkindle in them the fire of your love. We pray especially for all the young people in our country who are preparing for and doing examinations during these weeks.
Prayer : O God our Father, we pray you, send your Spirit into our lives and by the flame of your wisdom open the horizons of our minds that we may always remain open to the work of your Spirit within each one of us. We make our prayer….Amen.