Come Holy Spirit, Come! As the Easter Season draws to a close on this most Holy and Solemn Feast of Pentecost I reflect on all the graces I have received from and through the Holy Spirit. Last Thursday, I spent reflecting and praying over this Sunday’s Gospel (John 20: 19-23) with the Youth Group of Immaculate Conception Church. I shared with them that Pentecost, while it closes the Easter Season, is really a beginning. The sacrifice is ended (Lent), we rejoice in our salvation (Easter), and now Jesus gives us the Spirit to continue on the mission of him and the Church. Now we begin what all of us in a very special way are called to do in our lives for Christ. Pentecost is where the “rubber hits the road.” Now we work in and through the Spirit.
This morning at Mass we celebrated a Solemn Mass and honored our Blessed Mother with the traditional Filipino custom and devotion of Flores de Mayo (May Crowning). I thought how appropriate to honor our Lady, the Queen of Apostles. She was there at Pentecost and received her Son Jesus’ Spirit. I prayed this morning for my own vocation that I too like the first apostles at Pentecost may be given the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to minister in the Church and to God’s people. I also prayed for the Church and its mission on earth that we may always be guided by the Holy Spirit and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
May the Holy Spirit enkindle in all of us a fire of God’s love! Veni Creator Spritus!