Pentecost – the Spirit transforms us

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“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

The disciples were still just ordinary people. I often imagine them as somewhat superhuman and therefore fearless messengers of the gospel. Not like me at all.

Pentecost reminds me that they were gathered together, still in their safe world, even after the amazing revelation of Jesus’ resurrection they did not have the impetus to go out. Until the Spirit comes upon them. Then they are transformed. They move from being a group dominated by past experience and fear to people filled with courage and understanding and a deep and unquenchable desire to proclaim the gospel.

 

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The Holy Spirit has come into the world. We believe too that we receive the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. And yet in some mysterious way we are also longing to be transformed today by that same Spirit.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us to be our Helper and Guide.
Give us the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill us with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

We pray this for every situation of fear and misunderstanding in our personal lives, and for our world. May the Spirit transform each of us to be witnesses to the Gospel of love, freedom and forgiveness.

Today Pope Francis is to meet with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine. May the Spirit of God give these men the courage to be transformed.

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2 Responses to “Pentecost – the Spirit transforms us”

  1. clarefcj Says:

    Thank you for this sharing Lynne…May we allow the Spirit to transform us too!

  2. jcarfcj@gmail.com Says:

    Thank you Lyn. Keep on sharing with us. We are called to go out and to spread what we have received – so generously..

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