Bullet Points (Readings: Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3-7;12-13/John 20:19-23)

  • The readings for the celebration of Pentecost Sunday give us a clue about the role of the Holy Spirit in the early church and in us today.
  • FIRST READING: The Acts of the Apostles describes how the Jews understood the disciples, through the Spirit’s power, though the disciples were speaking in their tongues of the mighty acts of God. It was a clear manifestation of the Spirit’s power in the transformation of those who wish to follow the Lord through the Good News.
  • SECOND READING: The letter of Paul to the Corinthians points to us that we, too, are recipients of the gift of the Spirit given initially to the disciples and their hearers so that we, too, through the Spirit’s presence, can share the Good News.
  • GOSPEL READING: John tells us that after Jesus’ death, the disciples hid in a locked room for fear of the Jews. They were so afraid of the Jews that they hid in a locked room. But Jesus appeared to them and breathed on them saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” And they were transformed and from then on, they began to preach courageously.
  • The Spirit continues to strengthen us so that we, too, can boldly proclaim and share the good news. The Feast of Pentecost reminds us of the power of the Holy Spirit renewing our life as an individual and as a community in view of the mission that the Lord has given us – to tell the world of his love.
  • As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle in us the spirit of a new life, enthusiasm, and vision to bring the Good News to others.

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Fray Onz Antonio, OAR

Fray Onz Antonio, OAR

Priest/Religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.