The Homily of Father Jose
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Pentecost: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”
Happy Feast of Pentecost to all of you. After the ascension of Our Lord, according to the promise of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came upon the world. Today is the birthday of our church. The Holy Spirit is guiding the church so the church makes no mistakes, but people in the church who do not follow the direction of the Holy Spirit make mistakes.
The account of the Holy Spirit presented in today’s Gospel provides a sobering counterpoint. In the Acts of the Apostles the disciples had no clue they were about to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They had hidden themselves away in darkness and fortified themselves behind locked doors in fear.
Jesus responds to the fear of his disciples by giving them the living water of the Holy Spirit that flows from within Him. Jesus said “The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” John 14.26. In the midst of the trauma and turmoil that had overtaken them, the gift of the Holy Spirit comes to set them free. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we cannot come closer to God and attain the everlasting kingdom.
“Lord God, send Your Holy Spirit upon us. Let us receive His seven gifts and twelve fruits to lead us to
a holy life.”