It is 15th May 2016. We celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost. Today is also the birthday of the Church. The readings are from Acts 2:1-11; Romans 8:8-17; and the Gospel from John 14:15-16, 23-26. The first reading describes vividly the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and they began to teach the Good News in various languages. “Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” (Acts.2:4). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” (Ps.104:30). St. Paul invites us to move forward with the help of the Holy Spirit and to break away from the works of the body that leads to sin. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we can experience our privilege to be the children of God. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling God within us. The Spirit of God strengthens us, sanctifies us, purifies us, reconcile us to God, offers the spiritual maturity, guides us and helps to listen and understand the Word of God. He is the giver of all gifts and fruits of the Holy Trinity. In the Gospel, We are reminded that the Spirit of God continues to teach everything. We are taught in the Catechism No.731: “Of His fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance.” Yes, indeed, we will be surely noticed by others when we are led and filled with the Spirit of God. Our outlook, perceptions, interactions, intercessions all denote the presence of the Spirit of God in our lives. The learning never ends in Jesus. We are taught and instructed and reprimanded by the Holy Spirit until we would see the Holy Trinity face to face. It is up to us to collaborate with Spirit for the transformation to take place. We must pray today: ‘come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.’ May you have a good day.

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