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Scripture Reflections - June 4
The Feast of Pentecost


READINGS

Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

In about 33 A.D.Scripture tells us that a remarkable event happened in  Palestine.

In  wind and thunder and fire, in the city of Jerusalem,    The Holy Spirit of God entered into ta building  where twelve Apostles of  Jesus Christ were praying with some women. 

They claimed that their leader had been crucified  by Roman authorities  that he had risen from the dead, and then had been taken up into the clouds before their very eyes. History tells us that it was the birthday of  the Catholic Church.  

On the day of Pentecost, the apostles baptized in water and the Spirit about three thousand Jews, and after the Spirit had entered the house of Cornelius, they baptized Jew and Gentile.

The power of the Spirit was with these totally changed men, and neither threats nor imprisonments, beatings or stoning, could prevent them from preaching with great persuasion and power 

They went to whatever country or city the Spirit led them-- even to Rome and beyond.   

It is no wonder that the unstoppable Holy Spirit, through the apostles, soon brought the good news  to country after country.

The realization that this same Jesus now lived in all who would believe, and remained with them in Spirit and Truth, gave joy and courage..

Why hasn’t the Spirit of God, working through us, brought the whole world to belief? 

Because of human weakness.  Because of complacency  sometimes in the face of human success.  We know all about that in today’s world.   Sins of bishops, priests, religious,  and  lay people have slowed the work of evangelizing .

The lessening of moral discipline in society has poisoned and confused the young who are often cynical about the importance of faith. 

Fewer and fewer listen to and heed the authoritative teaching of the Church.

On this Pentecost, we are urgently called to re-focus our belief in the presence and daily inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit alone can give us that hope in His Power to repair what is broken, to enflame hearts who turn to Him in prayer and listening.

Centuries have passed since this one fire-storm in Palestine, changed the course of history.

But the power of the Spirit  is as strong as ever.  

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