Pentecost

Clergy Corner by Fr. Runnion

Today is Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit – the Lord and Giver of Life – descended upon the disciples in the Upper Room. Since then, the Church and the world have never been the same.

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, and the first Gift to those who believe in Christ and are baptized. He brings us power from on high.

Prior to Pentecost, the disciples were weak, afraid, depressed, and lacking direction. When the Spirit came upon them, they were empowered with divine fruits and gifts. They began to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ – Crucified and Risen – as the Messiah.

Initially in Baptism, and fully in Confirmation,
the Holy Spirit is poured out upon us.
When the Bishop calls down the Spirit
in the Sacrament of Confirmation,
we receive power from on high,
just as the first disciples did.

Yet, throughout our lives, we must continually yield to the Holy Spirit. We must openly receive and use the gifts He wants to bestow upon us for the benefit of the Church and the world.

Where might you and I be afraid? Or, bound by negativity? Or, weak or lacking clear direction? Wherever it may be, the Holy Spirit wants to set us free and give us a new outlook on life. We are children of God, with all the grace and spiritual power of God at our disposal.

The Lord wants us to live in love, joy, and peace (see Gal 5:22-23) and to use the divine gifts of the Spirit (Isa 11; 1 Cor 12) to spread the Faith and to renew the world.

Let us invoke the Holy Spirit, and yield ever more to His divine action in our lives.

May the Holy Spirit come to us anew today and renew our hearts and lives with His fruits and gifts.

Galatians 5:22-23: "[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control."

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