We Have the Holy Spirit; Let It Work in You and Through You

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost; the word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their earth-ly ministry to make disciples of all nations. Pentecost is also a Jewish holiday when the Jews celebrate the end of Passover. Jews celebrate the gift of the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai on this day. But we, as Catholics, celebrate the birth of our Church.
With this very important Solemnity of Pentecost we have finished the Easter season. We confess that Jesus Christ died, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now, because He does not want us to be alone, He sent the Holy Spirit upon all of us, to strengthen us, to protect us and to make us holy. What a gift of God's love! That is what Jesus has done for us; now we have to ask ourselves what are we doing with this gift in our lives? How is the Holy Spirit influencing me and transforming my whole existence? The strength we receive from the Holy Spirit and all His seven gifts (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord) are for us to use to work as missionaries for God's Kingdom, to use to help us become very active in his Church and to produce great fruits.
May the Lord bless you and may the Blessed Mother protect you.

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