May 23, 2010
(John 14: 15-16, 23-26)
The Feast of Pentecost originated as a celebrated day in the Jewish Feast of Weeks (Oeut. 16: 10) or the Feast of Harvest (Ex. 23.16). Later, among Greek – speaking Jews, the Feast came to be called Pentecost meaning “fiftieth” day after the Spring Feast of Passover. It became a Christian Feast when the Holy Spirit came to our Lady and the Apostles (Acts 2: 1-4) on this Day.
Today, Pentecost Sunday, in the fulfillment of Christianity’s promise to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the One who speaks on our behalf. It is He who gives us the wisdom and understanding of all Jesus did and taught. It is the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, who continues to give life and strength to the Church and enables her to be a witness to the Risen Christianity.
We too, you and I, receive the Holy Spirit who gives to us all of those Gifts and Blessings enabling us to offer to our contemporaries the truths of the Gospel in the twenty-first century.
What are these Gifts of the Holy Spirit? They are: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.
What are the Blessings of the Holy Spirit? They are: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control and Chastity.
May these Gifts and Blessings which we have received from the Holy Spirit and the Graces we receive on this most important Feast of Pentecost, enable each one of us to carry on the work of the Twelve Apostles and offer to our contemporaries the Person and the Teachings of the Risen Christianity who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Veni, crator, Spiritus
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