Sunday 05 June 2022 – THE SOLEMNITY OF THE PENTECOST – THE FIFTIETH DAY

1st Reading: Acts 2:1–11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.  Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.  At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?  We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b–7, 12–13

Brothers and sisters: No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Gospel: John 14:15–16, 23b–26

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.  “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.  Those who do not love me do not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.  “I have told you this while I am with you.  The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

THE FIFTIETH DAY: The fiftieth day after celebrating the Passover, the Jewish people gathered to celebrate and thank God for giving Moses and them the first five books of the Old Testament which are known as the Torah. They were given the Torah at Mt. Sinai fifty days after their departure from Egypt. They celebrated this event by having a harvest festival in which they thanked God for the harvest that they got from the land which he gave them. They brought their first harvest to the Lord. For us Christians, the Pentecost is the day when we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit who gives us his seven gifts, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, understanding, piety and the fear of the Lord.  Celebrating the Pentecost can only be meaningful to us if it is a thanksgiving ceremony to God because he has sent us the Holy Spirit, who in turn has given us his seven gifts, which helps us to strengthen our relationship with him. Using the gifts of the Holy Spirit well means that we come closer to God. We celebrate the Pentecost, asking the Lord to renew in us the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Spirit of God, kindle the fire of your love in all Christians so that your gifts may make them love their creator at all time.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH: Faith is the work of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12: 3b). We cannot pray to the Father without the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:15). It is the Holy Spirit who unites faithful (Acts 2:5ff; 1Cor. 12:13). The Holy Spirit is the source of every virtue (Gal. 5:22). The Holy Spirit directs and drives the evangelical activities. The new Pentecost is not a celebration is the harvest of new believers in Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41). When Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples he knows well that his disciples’ ministry would be fruitful with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of truth, the Spirit that consoles, and the Spirit that dispels fear will equip the disciples for every good work.