PENTECOST SUNDAY, YEAR C
5th June 2022
Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23.
Today we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church, the kingdom of God. Today the Holy Spirit, the advocate and the motivational force behind all the activities of the church was manifested in the life of the Apostles. This manifestation presented the church as a kingdom for all the nations of the earth. This explained why some devout men from the different nations living in Jerusalem could understand the apostles each in his own native language. The Holy Spirit knows no boundary it its work of animating, enlightening and uniting the church.
The Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI said that, human pride and egoism always create divisions, build walls of indifference, hate and violence. The Holy Spirit breaks down these barriers that keep us apart from one another. Let us be careful when our thoughts, imaginations, utterances and actions undermine the unity of the church. It is a clear sign of the deficiency of the Holy Spirit. The transforming fire of the Holy Spirit is capable of resolving the doubts and reservations in our hearts, it we are open to it.
The Holy Spirit builds us into a church, a kingdom modelled after the Heavenly Kingdom. St. Paul affirmed this in the second reading. He said: In the one Spirit we were all baptized, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink. Jesus promised us an advocate who will remind us of all he said and teach us everything. The challenge before us is to open ourselves to the reality of the Holy Spirit in order to benefit from the unity of the body of Christ.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.