June 4, 2017
The Gospel Today
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
The Pentecost event is the beginning of the Church. It means the birth of the Church. Today is the birthday of the Church. The Gospel and the first reading describe the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. The first reading describes the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire. The apostles immediately rise-up from their fear, anxiety and desperation. Remember that before this day, they are hiding because the temple guards are searching for them.
The Holy Spirit is a gift of Christ to all of us, first to the disciples, and then to all baptized to remind us of all the things that He has taught. Christ wants that His love and goodness persist through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be our Guide and Sanctifier. He will guide and lead us in our life to follow Jesus Christ and also strengthen us to share the Good News of Jesus to all people. I say the Holy Spirit assures the continuous presence of Jesus in the human consciousness and as well in their experience.
My most vivid experience of the Holy Spirit are the moments that I am challenged to move-out from my comfort zone. I am not saying that He is not present in other times; however, in these moments, I can truly say the He is at work. For instance, I am an introvert because of low-self-confidence. And this weakness is challenged many times in the seminary. A lot of times I also try to evade the challenge however, there are instances that an inner encourage strengthens me to do the things which are beyond my comfort. When we want to surrender and things seem to be falling apart, listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, listen to your heart. He is just there to support and strengthen you.