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Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jesus Christ has proclaimed the coming of the Spirit Advocate after his work of salvation. It is the Spirit sent by both: Father and He himself, who will testify about Jesus giving his disciples the understanding of what He – Jesus, has done: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth”. He glorified Jesus and he will glorify each Christian because he will take from Jesus’ work of salvation: “He will take from what is mine and declare it to you”. The Holy Spirit is a prime mover of God’s love which gives to the followers of Jesus a divine wisdom and enables them to give the testimony about Him. This Spirit, was sent upon the apostles and the first disciples of the Church on the day of Pentecost, it means, the fiftieth day after the resurrection of the Lord. Certainly, the disciples with the others Jewish people gathered in Jerusalem on the Feast of Harvest, didn’t expect such a gift although Jesus was speaking about the sending of His Spirit. The gives of the Spirit they received overcame their expectations: “Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them (…). And then began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim”. It is something they didn’t understand but they received it in order to go and proclaim the Gospel everywhere the Spirit will send them. The gift of the tongues they received was a sign to go to all nations, which languages they started to speak that day, in order to proclaim the news about the salutary Cross of Jesus and its fruit after the resurrection: the peace in the heart of the people. This is how the Spirit of Jesus starts to renew the face of the earth. Let us remember that this Spirit still acts in our times today in the Church giving effective salutary strength of the sacraments and to us a power to testify about Jesus’ divine mission.