(Acts 2:1-11; 1Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23)
From the readings of today, let us meditate on how Holy Spirit descended on the disciples while they were together behind closed doors. The Gospel narrated how Jesus appeared to them in the room where they shut themselves up for fear of the Jews. He said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” And on Pentecost day, the Holy came upon them, manifesting His divine presence on them. By resting upon them in tongues of fire, once again the divine has taken His abode on the human! And the Holy Spirit led them out of their self-enclosure to encounter the people with the gospel message.
The Holy Spirit warmed their heart, melted away their fear, and led them from the closed doors of fear to the open ground of witnessing for Jesus Christ. They received the first fruits of the spirit, who led them from the closed doors of self-made life, away from the barricades of culture to a deeper appreciation of diversity in unity. “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Spirit leads us forward to ‘hear’ each other’s language, i.e. to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another. Many people are suffering, abandoned, marginalized, or persecuted because no one ‘hears’ or ‘understands’ their language. We need the Holy Spirit to melt away the barriers that separate us from one another, for the One Spirit speaks our different tongues.
Come to Holy Spirit; ‘speak my language’ that I may ‘speak the language’ of others. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021.
Solemnity of Pentecost