May 31, 2020
The first reading talks of the Holy Spirit coming in a mighty wind from heaven. That had special meaning for me now living in Desert Hot Springs where we get mighty winds. But seriously, it also helps me to see that the Spirit comes in ways I do not expect and in times that seem a mess and are like a strong wind. The Apostles were in that same place, not really understanding what happened to Jesus. They too were filled with fear. For me, it is always looking back on those rough times, which seem very much like a strong wind in my life, that I recognize God working in my life.
In the second reading Paul writes to the Corinthian community and tells them that they all have received gifts from the Holy Spirit. How hard it seems at times to see our gifts. For me, I have seen the gifts people have. We all have them. From the most simple things like forgiveness, patience, compassion, etc. But we often think to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit is something spectacular. Rarely, does God let us see the gifts we possess. And sometimes we even don't believe we have any of the gifts of the Spirit. What a lie.
Recognize that Jesus comes to us often saying, " Peace be with you."
We heard this in the Gospel reading. Even in the most trying time, I pray that I will recognize Jesus is with me giving me His Peace and mercy. And He is.
I hope this Pentecost will be, for each of us, a time to begin to see the Holy Spirit inspiring us in all the events in our lives. I know that Spirit is there even showing me my many sins and giving me courage, time after time, to seek His mercy and forgiveness, which is always there.
We are all called by God through our Baptism. We have all received the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The evil one wants us to doubt this. What a lie.
Recognize how much God gives us and how much He is loving us everyday and in every difficult situation, even when we fail and sin.
We are called and filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Refuse to accept that lie that you don't have the gifts.
Christ is risen, Alleluia
This has been the last Sunday of the Easter Season.
Monday we are back in Ordinary Time.