2 Peter 3.12-15a, 17-18
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
1st Reading: 2 Peter 1:2-7
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14 After Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
The word of the Lord.
R./:You are the great pride of our nation
PENTECOST is a very important feast in the Catholic Church. This is because it marks the descent of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity, on the Apostles and Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. This happened fifty days after Easter. If you could recall, before the Ascension of Christ into heaven, He admonished His disciples to wait patiently for the Holy Spirit, who would come to energise and embolden them and also remind them of all the things He (Christ) had told them while on earth.
The Holy Spirit’s coming on the disciples is very symbolic because
it marks the commencement of the Church, as it were. Jesus calls the Holy
Spirit the Paraclete, meaning ‘he who is called to one’s side or ‘counselor’.
His purpose is to teach Christians all things and bring them to a remembrance
of all that Jesus said and did. It is through the Holy Spirit that the work of evangelism would
continue to thrive to all corners of the world. It is through the same Holy
Spirit that God makes His words to be alive in us everyday. Indeed, without the
Holy Spirit, the Church would be dead and humanity doomed forever.
May God bless each one of you and your families and you are continually remembered in our prayers daily. Wishing you all a very Happy Feast of the Pentecost.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gijo Muthanattu
Fr. Jose Joseph