Thought of the Day May 29, 2020 Come, Holy Spirit, come!

By 10:10 AM

As we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit this Sunday, we ask for fresh infilling of the Spirit in our lives. At Easter we rejoiced in the Resurrection of Jesus and renewed our baptismal promises, recommitting ourselves as disciples of the Lord. On Pentecost we have another grace moment to renew our resolve to be witnesses of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

How can we prepare for this renewal? The Apostles have shown us the way and Peter in his first homily on Pentecost confirmed the process. After Jesus ascended to the Father, the disciples went back to the Upper Room, waiting for the promise of the Spirit. During this first “novena”, they repented of their sins and failures.  They acknowledged Jesus as their Lord and Savior, surrendering their lives to serve him. They yearned for the coming of the Holy Spirit through prayer.

On Pentecost their prayer was heard. The were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began praising God for his mighty deeds.

After Peter proclaimed to the large crowd outside the Upper Room that Jesus was both Lord and Messiah, they asked what they should do. Peter said: repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus and expect the gift of the Spirit.

The process has not changed. We are called to a greater repentance, a deeper commitment to Jesus as Lord, and a new yearning for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit breathes where he wills and where there is a sincere faith desire for him. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

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