1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John 20:19-23
‘Peace Be With You. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
Anointed in the Holy Spirit. This is the gift that Jesus left for us after His time on earth. I don’t know about you, but even after Easter, these past fifty days have been filled with struggle, fear, and doubt. There has been so much going on that at one point I lost sight of my goals and only went through the motions of everyday life. However, reading the Gospel helped me to realize that I needed to get back on my game.
“The doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews…”
Fear. Fear is the root of all hesitation and hinderance, and even the disciples, the ones who were close to the Lord, were riddled with it. But Jesus was able to find a way even into a locked room. And so it is the same with our hearts – no matter where we are in our lives, He will always find us to remind us who we are and what our purpose is. On this Pentecost Sunday, take what Jesus left us and carry on His mission, driven by the Holy Spirit.