May 24th 2015. PENTECOST SUNDAY
esus said to his disciples
The Gospel of the Lord: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Kieran’s summary . . . The first reading tells us how each visitor to Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost heard the Apostles’ words in his own native language. This is not a story about amazing linguistic gifts being bestowed on the Apostles! It is a story of how the Spirit of God gives each one of us the gift of being able to communicate heart to heart the story of the great works of God. The Gospel makes this clearer. Jesus tells us that he will send the Paraclete who will lead us into truth by taking from what belongs to Christ and revealing to us the things of the future. What does all of this mean? The Holy Spirit puts us into right relationship with the things of the future. When my future is unclear, then I can become easily anguished. If my marriage is in crisis then I can quickly fall into negativity and despair. The Holy Spirit puts me into a right relationship with the future because he reveals the hand of God in everything in my life. He tells me that God’s providence is working in everything and leading me to a future full of light and life. He encourages me to see the crisis in my marriage as a situation permitted by God so that I can enter into a deeper and more adult relationship with my spouse. In short, when I am illuminated by the Holy Spirit, I become serene, trustful and filled with hope. This capacity to discern the providence of God in everything confers on me the ability to communicate heart to heart with others about the wonderful deeds of the Lord. I become a witness to Jesus. This is the goal of the spirit – to transform us into witnesses. We communicate little with abstract words and concepts. The Holy Spirit makes us communicators par excellence by transforming us into witnesses to the person of Christ.