THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD FILLS THE WHOLE WORLD! (Wisdom 1:7)
At this culmination of the Easter season, let us unite in a great chorus of praise in the Spirit, who is the life-breath of the whole world made new in the Death and Resurrection of Christ.
BY THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT on the day of Pentecost, Christ’s Paschal Mystery was brought to its completion. The Holy Spirit prepares us with his grace in order to draw us to Christ. He manifests the risen Lord to us, opening our minds. He makes present the mystery of Christ. And he reconciles us, bringing us into communion with God. Saint Thomas Aquinas says that the Holy Spirit interiorly perfects our spirit, communicating to it a new dynamism so that it refrains from evil for love. With the Holy Spirit within us “it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely otherworldly in outlook, and for cowards to become people of great courage” (St. Cyril of Alexandria).
Gospel according to John 20:19-23 ON THE EVENING of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. WHOSE SINS YOU FORGIVE ARE FORGIVEN THEM, AND WHOSE SINS YOU RETAIN ARE RETAINED.”
PRAYER: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hears of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Just a note or two: The book of Wisdom quoted above, I have been told is not included in the Protestant Bible. I have no idea why because Wisdom, is the only book written in the female gender-SHE. I understand 7 books were removed from the original Bible when the first Protestant Bible was printed. Secondly: Note what Jesus told the disciples that they could forgive sins. This is why Catholics have Confession which is considered a Sacrament. Sacraments give us extra grace. Basically Jesus said that we could tell our sins to the Priest(his disciple) and the Priest has the power to forgive. If anyone wants to know more about Confession or the 7 books of the bible, go to: http://www.catholic.com