Scriptural Reading: Acts 2:1-12
Beloved, Pentecost Day is called the “birth-day” of the Church brought about by frail and mortal people, turned into spiritual heroes by the power of the Holy Spirit. From this day onward Peter and his fellow apostles, including Matthias and later, Paul, gave their lives gladly to plant the seed of faith throughout the Roman Empire. The Holy Spirit made His presence felt by the external exercise of His powers, on that first Pentecost Day. He went on doing so for years, even in our time – amidst people of any class and age. Our own generation needs men and women who are available, who are hungry and thirsty for the Fire of the Holy Spirit. They need not fear. The Holy Spirit is still as mighty as it was on that first Pentecost Day in Jerusalem. We only need keen attention to His Presence when we need personal revival and fresh fire for fighting the battles of life. We also need the power of the Holy Ghost to enable us fulfil our destiny in life.The Spirit wasn’t only alive and moving on Pentecost; the Spirit is sweeping through us now. The question is are we willing to respond? Are we willing to be empowered by the Spirit?Pentecost is not simply a day on the liturgical calendar – it is about experiencing and living the life of the Spirit.
When the Day of Pentecost came, the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit. “What can we expect when we are ‘baptized with the Holy Spirit’? We can expect an immediate or gradual experience of deeper union with God, our loving Father and with Jesus, our Lord and Friend; a fresh appreciation of Scripture; a greater love for others and a desire for Christian fellowship; a fuller presence in our lives of the fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, patience and more (see Galatians 5:22-23); the receptions of one or more of the Charismatic gifts of the Spirit such as discernment, service, prophecy, praying in tongues, healing (see 1 Corinthians 12:1-14). This gift of a new fullness of the Holy Spirit is, I believe, the grace of our age. “Ask and it will be given to you!”
MASS: RED Acts2:1-11; Ps 104:1ab.24ac.29bc-30.31.34 (R.30); 1 Cor 12:3b-7. 12-13; Jn 20:19-23 PENTECOST SUNDAY (SOLEMNITY)
1. Take this Prayer: “Come Holy Spirit, and baptize me with the fire of Your Love. I have surrendered to the best of my ability, and now I want to be filled with Your Spirit. I need Your power in my life. Please come, and fill me now. Lord, I believe that when I surrender to You as Lord, we became one. You are the Vine and I am a branch in the vine. All that You are is within me. My life flows from You. I believe that as I yield and ask, You will release Your strength, wisdom, healing, etc., to meet the needs of the hour. I yield now to receive Your sanctified gifts of Isaiah 11:2: wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues. I need them to witness to a hurting world. Only in Your power, guided by Your Spirit, can my life be fruitful. Holy Spirit come. Holy Spirit come. I want it all, wrapped in the greatest gift of all: Love…the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Give me opportunities to use Your gifts to reveal Your love and mercy. Stretch me, Lord. I will not limit Your gifts to my perceptions of what I can handle. Holy Spirit, expand my capacity. Work in me in a powerful way. I want every purpose God has for my life to be fulfilled, and I need You, mighty Spirit of God, to bring that purpose to fulfillment. Come Holy Spirit. Come.”
Exercise: Spend time in prayer tonight asking the Holy Spirit to come in a more powerful way into your life
Meditation: Acts: 1:8.