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Solemnity of Pentecost

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IS THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTIVE OR DORMANT IN MY LIFE?

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Today is Pentecost, the feast day of the Holy Spirit. Let us acknowledge this fact and invite Him into our lives. This is what Our Blessed Lady, the Apostles and the early disciples of Jesus did on that first Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago.

He made His presence felt with a mighty wind that rushed through the room in which they were, and with tongues of fire that rested on each of their heads. For nine days since Ascension Thursday, at Jesus’ request, they had been pleading with Him to come among them. When He did He changed them forever.

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RECOGNIZING THE VOICE OF GOD – AND RESPONDING

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We celebrated the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven last Sunday. But after the Ascension where did Our Blessed Mother and the Apostles go? They went back to Jerusalem to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the next nine days they were rapt in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to come down upon them.

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HOW WE ARE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Acts. 2:1-11, Rom. 8:8-17 & Jn.14:15-16, 23-26

Our Lord Jesus Christ completed His saving work when, after His death and resurrection, He ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit into the world. This is how God recreated a fallen world, harvesting a new creation which is the Church.

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WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US

Acts. 2:1-11; Gal. 5:16-25 & Jn. 15:26-27, !6:12-15

God’s plan to offer the world the possibility of being recreated in holiness was fulfilled in a spectacular way when the Holy Spirit came on that first Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is truly God, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, and He carries the power to transform the world from death to life, from chaos to harmony, from ugliness to beauty and from division to unity.

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