Pastors Desk: Pentecost Sunday / B

Posted 19th May 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th May 2018 - Pentecost Sunday / B

pentecost-sunday4Today, Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Season and is the day we remember how the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and the Virgin Mary in the form of fiery tongues. This event took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. So, the Paschal mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension culminates with the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father (at the request of his son) on Jesus’ disciples. The feast also marks the official inauguration of the Christian Church.

In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we have a very dramatic description of how this happened. The apostles must have been frightened by the tremendous wind whose sound filled the room as if it was coming from heaven. Then, what appears to be like tongues of fire, comes and settles on the head of each of them. Immediately they are filled with the Holy Spirit and can speak in foreign languages. This miracle of tongues allowed them to share the marvels of God in any language to anyone they met.

In our second reading from St. Paul to the Galatians the very last line urges us ‘Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit’. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we received the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live Spirit filled lives that would be visible to others always.

We need to permit the Holy Spirit to direct our lives by constantly remembering and appreciating his presence within us.

Fr Gerry