When one looks at Church history, one can very easily conclude that today’s feast, marks a pivitial and crucial moment in Catholic history. Why? The answer to such a question lies in today’s first reading from the book of Acts; the Holy Spirit. When one sees a before and after picture, one can easily spot various differences. Before Pentecost, the followers of Christ were all afraid to go out, afraid that they would be killed by Christ’s enemies. After Pentecost, they not only had the courage but also had the ability to preach. Such courage and ability that the Holy Spirit gave the appostles was necessary in order to accomplish Christ’s mission to the them, the mission of Evanglization. Surely the appostles were still pondering about what Christ had said:” Go and make diciples of all nations” Gathered together they wondered how they could accomplish such a daunting and colossial of tasks. But they found hope in the Lord’s words:”…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,  will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you” When the Holy Spirit had filled them, they began to speak in tongues. In fact this is another indication that Christ’s plan for salvation includes everybody, not just Galileans but people from all nations. The letter to the Romans speaks about the spirit of God. In this letter the central theme is that those who are in the flesh cannot please God but those who have the spirit of God can. What does this mean? Aren’t we all men and women of flesh? It is true that we are people of flesh but the spirit of God is what fills us with all that is necessary to be citizens not of this Earth, not to be men and women who please themselves with things that end, but be filled with love for that is eternal, love for God our Father. But such a love comes at a price, in fact the sacred author wrote:”….in fact we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him” The world has mocked, is mocking and will continue to mock Christians, the Church has been, is and will continue to be persecuted. Such moments of difficulties, serve as tests of our love to God, a father to his children who sends a spirit of adoption and not of slavery.


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