Sunday 8th June – Feast of Pentecost
Reflection: Acts 2:1-11
THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
Today the Universal Church commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, fifty days after the resurrection of Christ. At Pentecost we can consider two levels of unity; first between the spirit and body of the Apostles, and secondly between the Apostles and the Jewish community and by extension the whole of mankind.
The Unity of the spirit and body of each Apostle – Up until now the Apostles gathered secretly for fear of the Jews. Though they were sure of Christ’s resurrection, and their spirits desired to be witnesses to this, their bodies were still weak. At the fullness of time when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they suddenly received the boldness to come into the public, because the Holy Spirit comes to help us in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26). Thus, their bodies and spirits began to work together on the same platform of the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear Friends, all of us who have received the Holy Spirit at Baptism and in whom the Holy Spirit’s presence has been fully awakened at Confirmation are sons and daughters of God. Then, we should fear no more; for we did not receive a Spirit of slavery or timidity, but the Spirit that makes us God’s Children and gives us the Power to cry out in boldness, “Abba! Father”
The Unity of the Apostles and the Jewish community – After receiving the Holy Spirit, the apostles went forth to preach the Good News to all in their own native languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Thus, the unity of God’s people that men’s pride destroyed at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), was now renewed by the Humility of Jesus in sending the Holy Spirit. Our duty as Christians is to seek for what strengthens unity and peace. The Spirit we received is not that of pride that brings disharmony, rather the Spirit we received is that of Love and Humility that seeks for the good of all.
God our Father is more than ready to give His Holy Spirit to anyone who asks Him (Luke 11:13). Thus, if you desire it, long and pray for it with humility of heart and purity of intentions.
Prayer: Lord, may your Spirit give unity to our separation, strength to our weakness and life to our dry bones. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 114 What role does the Holy Spirit play in the life of Jesus?
Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot understand Jesus. In his life the presence of God’s Spirit, whom we call the Holy Spirit, was manifest in a unique way.
HIDE A TREASURE: “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh cannot help. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life” John 6:63CCB
Readings for today: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1Corinthians 12: 3-7, 12-13, John 20:19-23