Pentecost is one of the most powerful and incredible feasts of our Church, but most of us probably know little about it. It is far more than “the birthday of the church.”
The apostles had been a bit like antsy little kids who’d been on a long, three-year car trip with Jesus, tired and stressed out, full of questions and fears and wonderings. In their darkest depths of fear, the risen Lord Jesus now fulfills his promises that he will bestow the Holy Spirit upon them, “(who) will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.” (John 14:26).
Jesus’ action of breathing the Holy Spirit into the disciples was the very purpose and power of the Resurrection—because it is the way in which the world would be transformed forever.
Think of it this way: Yes, there will be a future moment when Christ comes again to close this era in time and to bring all creation to fullness in eternity. But, since the day of Pentecost, we are now living in the era of the Holy Spirit.
We Christians aren’t the only ones who want to see the miracle of a new age of peace and unity. God has created all of us with this hunger, this craving to belong to the family of God for all time.
Today the Spirit is breathing over the universe in a new way. But God respects time and history—God works in and through our histories, and it is not yet the fullness of time for Christ to come again. This is still the Era of the Spirit. And we are still called just as the disciples were to get out of our locked rooms—to leave our fears of the future behind in the past, and to live with the boldness of the Spirit in the present.
A blessed and happy Feast of Pentecost to all! May the Holy Spirit breathe new life, new joy, and a renewed desire in us to evangelize—to make the Lord Jesus, the One Savior of the world, known and loved to all we meet!
A PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
“I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to all the noises of the world in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him: O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will. If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely, and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, giving you the strength to carry it and you will arrive at the Gate of Paradise laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity” (Cardinal Mercier).
Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth! Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my homily today:
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish