Christians celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples. Our journey from Easter Sunday to Pentecost has been greatly enlightening and profoundly impacted our faith in Christ Jesus and His Church. Today, we find comfort and confidence in the promise of the Holy Spirit, as expressed in John 14: 16: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you always.”
As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday this weekend, we hope the Spirit of God will refresh our hearts with renewed faith so that our good works will be for His glory and for the well-being of our neighbours. The Church encourages us to confidently spread the message of Christ and carry out the Church’s mission in the world. It is essential to maintain a positive outlook and hold on to our faith - no matter what challenges and uncertainties come to our life.
The Church’s mission must be carried out with joy and courage, without fail. The 12 Apostles boldly fulfilled Christ’s mission after receiving the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing lasting joy and peace to the world. We need to be more assertive and always pray that the Holy Spirit gives us the strength and ability to fulfil the mission of the Church by witnessing Jesus Christ in all corners of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8)
During the Eastertide, we have conducted spiritual formations in four languages with the theme “Pentecost – A New Beginning.” Generally, all sessions were attended by a good number of participants and everyone gained significant benefits from them. We have been provided with some scriptural texts for our own reading and reflection during the sessions. It is important to take time to pray and meditate on those texts and also readings that occur on Pentecost Day from the Sunday Missal.
Following the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday, 18 May 2023, several parishioners began a nine-day Novena prayer to the Holy Spirit. I would like to draw attention to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and Spiritual gifts in this discussion on apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healing, help, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues, wisdom, knowledge, faith, discernment of spirit and interpretation of tongues, (cf. 1 Cor 13). Each of us has at least one spiritual gift, which is to be used for the benefit of all humanity and must be exercised in love.
To have a more meaningful personal Pentecost experience, we should prepare ourselves by repenting, forgiving, and professing our faith. We pray that we may be guided by the Holy Spirit and enlighten our hearts and minds so that we too can be filled with wisdom and find joy and comfort in our lives. Let’s participate in prayers and silent reflection and allow ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, inspires and transforms our Parish community.
Together with our family and community, we pray:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love and mission.
V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.