May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday
(Acts 2:1-11;1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23)
Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit. The first reading describes the dramatic transformation that the Holy Spirit brought about in the apostles, emboldening them to preach Jesus in many languages at once. The second reading is Paul's instruction on the role of the Holy Spirit in connecting us with Jesus, inspiring good works, and bringing us together in our diversity. The Gospel is John's account of the coming of the Holy Spirit through Jesus. These readings mark the “birth of the Church,” charged with a mission to spread the good news and proclaim salvation through the forgiveness of sins. They tell us a great deal about the Holy Spirit. However for most people, the Holy Spirit as a person remains the most difficult to comprehend. There is no record in scripture of the Holy Spirit ever speaking words to anyone. He is described as the love between the Father and the Son, yet he is more than that, because Jesus refers to the Spirit as the one whom he will send to help us on our way to God. So how do we relate to the Spirit? Pray to him. There are many prayers one could make to the Holy Spirit, like this one:
O Holy Spirit, You are the Comforter. Help me to let go of the losses in my life. Heal my heart. And help me to face my sinfulness and to feel genuine sorrow for the damage ~ both intentional and unintentional ~ that I have inflicted on others and in so doing have inflicted on Jesus. Comfort me as I mourn my need for forgiveness, and give me Your spirit of rejoicing over this new growth in me.