PENTECOST SUNDAY

ALMOST ALL CHRISTIANS KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON PENTECOST SUNDAY.

“PENTECOST:  Pentecost is the feast of union, comprehension, and human communion.  We can all see that in our world, although we are increasingly close to one another with the development of the means of communication, and geographical distances seem to be disappearing, understanding and communion between people is both superficial and problematic.”

“Imbalances endure that frequently lead to conflict; dialogue between the generations is heavy-going and at times antagonism prevails; we witness daily events in which it seems people are becoming more aggressive and more belligerent; understanding each other seems too demanding so they prefer to remain closed in on themselves, in their own interests.  Can we truly find and live in this situation the unity we need?….”

“Can unity and harmony really exist?  How?  We find the answer in Sacred Scripture: unity can only exist as a gift of God’s Spirit who will give us a new heart and a new language, a new ability to communicate.  And this is what happened at Pentecost.  On that morning, fifty days after Easter, a might wind blew through Jerusalem and the flame of the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples gathered together.  It settled on each one of them and kindled within them the divine fire, a fire of love capable of transforming them.  Their fear evaporated, they felt their hearts filled with new strength, their tongues were loosened and they began to speak freely in such a way that everyone could understand the announcement that JESUS CHRIST HAD DIED AND WAS RISEN. AT PENTECOST, where there had been division and alienation, unity and understanding were born…”

“JESUS explains to us what the Church is and how she should live in order to be herself, to be the place of unity and communion in Truth; he tells us that behaving as Christians means no longer being shut into our own “I” but rather being open to all things: it means inwardly welcoming the whole Church within ourselves or, even better, inwardly letting her receive us.  Therefore, when I speak, think, and act as a Christian, I do not do so by closing myself into myself, but I always do so in all things and starting with all things: thus the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of unity and of truth, may continue to resonate in our human hearts and minds and spur people to meet and to welcome each other.”

“Precisely because the Spirit acts in this way, he ushers us into the whole truth, which is Jesus, and guides us to look at it more deeply and to understand it.  We do not grow in knowledge by locking ourselves into our own ego, but only in an attitude of profound inner humility do we become capable of listening and sharing in the “we” of the Church.”(Pope Benedict XVI)

Prayer:  Today, O Lord, through the mystery of Pentecost, you sanctify your Church in every place and nation. Pour out the gifts of the Spirit upon the whole world, and bring to completion in the hearts of your faithful the work of love which you began with your first proclamation of the kingdom who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen

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PLEASE PRAY ALSO THAT WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WE CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE THE STRENGTH TO STAND UP FOR OUR FAITH WHEN THE TIME COMES.

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