‘Peace be with you!’ With these words, the Risen Lord stood amongst his fear-filled followers and breathed the Holy Spirit upon them. With their hearts filled with joy, Jesus sent them out to bring the fire of his love to all.
With the Holy Spirit transforming their lives, the disciples began speaking in many different languages. Christ was calling them to share the Gospel with the whole world. We, too, are baptized in this same Spirit, and each of us has been given a unique gift so that together as a community, we become the risen Christ, bringing love and goodness to all people. Therefore, filled with the Holy Spirit, we become a new creation in the Lord and join the Psalmist to joyfully proclaim a time of rejuvenation as the spirit of the Lord moves over the earth.
On this Pentecost Sunday, let us open ourselves to receive a spirit of renewal for the whole Christian community. We pray that we may overcome any fear, doubt, or differences and be united in giving expression to the joy of Resurrection, each of us doing so in our own unique way while rooted in the same spirit of transforming love.
Joy and peace.