Acts 2:1-11; 1Cor 12:3-7,12-13/Gal 5:16-25; Jn 20:19-23 (15:26-27,16;12-15)
Jesus Breathes the Holy Spirit
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Manila Bulletin
May 26, 2012, 10:52pm
MANILA, Philippines — TODAY is Pentecost Sunday. It is said that on this day, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The readings in today’s liturgy give us an overview of the role of the Spirit of God. He is the source of all gifts both spiritual and material and the foundation of the unity of all followers of Christ, according to the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (5:16-25). He gives encouragement and strength to those who desire to follow and proclaim Jesus in their lives.
The Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) narrates how the Spirit of the Lord came down upon the apostles and dispelled their fears and made them firm in their witnessing to the gospel message of Jesus. The Gospel of John (15:26-27; 16:12-16) tells us that the Spirit is Paraclete – an Advocate, our Guide in this journey called life. He is also the Spirit of Truth who will guide all to the Truth.
As the Holy Spirit’s role was vital in the ministry of Jesus Christ and in the early years of the Christian community, so is it important in our lives as Christians today. He is our guide and light. We must invite Him to come to us and pray that He will truly assist us in our pursuit of the holiness of life. He guided the apostles of Jesus and our Blessed Mother. He has guided the saints and the many leaders of the church through the years. He will direct us to what is true, good, and beautiful.
Many regard the Holy Spirit as the most forgotten person of the Blessed Trinity. Yet, He is the One who makes us experience the love of God. Above all else, the Spirit is the Love that binds the Father and the Son. He is the Love that binds the Church unto communion. That is why the presence of the Spirit is always transforming. It transforms persons. It transforms communities.
Let us pray to the Holy Spirit for our transformation. Let us pray to Him for the renewal of our Church and our country. He alone can guide us to the right path. He alone can usher in renewal in our personal lives, in our Church, and in our country, and in the whole world.
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