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Pentecost Sunday A

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Today’s feast of Pentecost is a continuation of the theme from last Sunday; it is, of the Ascension of the Lord. The departure of Jesus, the Son of God, from this world gave to the remaining Church an impulse to the evangelization work of the apostles effective through the power of the Holy Spirit – who is personal mutual love of the Father and the Son. At the beginning the apostles were surprised of the fact they will be abandoned in this work of evangelization, but Jesus assures them they will be not without help. Since then on Jesus will be present in another divine dimension, out of space and time, having all the power through the Holy Spirit:; "As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when He had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." As we can see, this new presence of Jesus in the Holy Spirit gives the Church a mission to forgive the sins and in the consequence bring a peace as a first fruit of Jesus’ death and resurrection. With this divine power the apostles were able to spread the Gospel proclaiming and celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation, in the name of Jesus. The activity of St. Paul is a good example of this, so he himself has said: “No one can say: Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” This way the Church continues the work of salvation led by the Holy Spirit.