My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Today we praise God for the gift of himself in sending us the Holy Spirit to be among and within us. Today we see yet again the tremendous generosity of God our Father. He gave us his only Son Jesus who was born of a humble and gracious mother, lived, suffered and died for love of us and who in turn gave and continues to give the Holy Spirit to all who are open to receive him. John tells us in the Gospel today, “After saying this he breathed on the disciples and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” I am giving you the Spirit who is God himself.
That same Holy Spirit is God actually present not just among us but actually within us. It is that that moved St. Paul to write “Do you not know that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1Corinthians 6:19” Today, then, we are meant to rejoice that Pentecost recalls the birth of the Church and the New People of God in and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This is an opportune time for us to recall our Confirmation and open our hearts yet again to hear and receive the Holy Spirit who is given to us for a good purpose as we read in the 2nd reading for today-s Mass. Today is also the solemn moment to pray earnestly “Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your people and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.”
Fr. Clement Paul