Gospel Acclamation: John 7:37-39
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
We are now several weeks from Easter [50 days] and that is fitting as Pentecost is a season of celebration [in the Jewish religion], that is also known as the Feast of Weeks, or New Harvest depending on where in the Jewish world you find yourself. We mark this particular day because we find the message in the Bible [LEV 23:16] that ye shall count the days after the feast of Passover and call it Pentecost, which is a Greek word meaning “50”.
When looking at the Acts of the Apostles we find that it was on this Jewish date that the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles and gave them the strength and courage to go out and preach to Israel.
It might seem odd that in the Gospel reading from John today that it appears that the Apostles know nothing of the feast of Pentecost. The story that is delivered this weekend is one coming from Easter Sunday when the now Risen Christ come upon the disciples to give them the gift of Spirit and peace. It is at this moment that the disciples are given the task of forgiveness of sins. It was here that it is established that it was Christ that conquered sin, and that the task of the disciples was to act on an individual level to forgive sins. Even though this is seen as the sacrament of reconciliation in terms of the Church—we are called to as sinners ourselves to forgive all those around us that have sinned.
KEY PHRASE: As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
Seeking forgiveness is a sign of humanity. This is something we do not always seek to do, which is why we often find ourselves in situations that are hard to control, full of grief and ultimately difficult for us to understand. But a even bigger task that we are given is to not only seek forgiveness, but to forgive those who have done wrong unto us… That one sure is hard for most EVERYONE to do! But that forgiveness of others is in fact the pathway to salvation. Do not seek to admire Christ by asking for forgiveness, seek to be a follower of Christ and deliver that forgiveness!
PSALM: Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
We have come to the end of the Easter season. Here is where we are given our mission—Go forth as Jesus did in His ministry and make disciples of people of all nations; PROCLAIM the redemptive love of God.
We find in the readings that Christ gave the gift of the Holy Spirit through breathing on the disciples. In the readings we hear “the mighty acts of God” and “Jews from every nation inder heaven.” Yet, is it not amazing how every person is able to hear and understand the message in the own native tongue? This is better explained in the second reading where we come to find and hear that the works of the Holy Spirit is given to us through the many different gifts the God confers unto us. The Holy Spirit’s work is universal, so why wouldn’t the language be? The mission is simple, UNIFICATION! As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
Do not compare the gifts that each of us have. They all come from the same place. What a boring world it would be if we all had the exact same thing [though we do in the redemption of Christ]. Instead of comparing, let us look toward asking ourselves how we can use the gifts that we each have for the good of ALL GOD’S PEOPLE.
Let us take His message out and breathe new life among all God’s disciples.
St Norbert and St Boniface, PRAY FOR US!
Deus lo Vult! †lvm†