Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“After saying this, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Every Pentecost we are called to relive and celebrate that gift of God. That gift we call the Holy Spirit. That Spirit is, in fact, God giving himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit.
The words, “receive the Holy Spirit” are meant to be an invitation to freely accept the Spirit of God into our lives and hearts. It is in that light that after entering the closed room where the disciples were because of fear, Jesus said to them, “Peace with you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This was his gift to them. He offered himself to them; he also gives himself to us in and through that same Holy Spirit.
So as we celebrate the great solemnity of Pentecost, we are also doing so behind closed doors for fear of COVID-19 and its crippling and deadly effects. However, this Pentecost is saying to us, Jesus also comes into our closed rooms and says “Peace be with you.” Let us hear him saying to us “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
A Blessed and Peaceful Pentecost to you.
Fr. Clement Paul Rev. Stephen Joseph
Parish Priest Parish Deacon.