Engaging the Gospel – Pentecost

Pentecost: Gospel – John 7:37-39 (Vigil), John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

More than just an historical event, Pentecost is also a reality in our own lives: through the sacrament of Confirmation, we too receive “the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost” (Catechism 1302).

In the Holy Spirit, “God shares Himself as love” and as gift, Benedict XVI observed. “The Holy Spirit is God eternally giving Himself; like a never-ending spring He pours forth nothing less than Himself.”

He lavishes His gifts upon us:

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence…the spirit of wonder and awe. These gifts of the Spirit — each of which, as Saint Francis de Sales reminds us, is a way to participate in the one love of God — are neither prizes nor rewards. They are freely given. And they require only one response on the part of the receiver: I accept!

…Let us invoke the Holy Spirit: He is the artisan of God’s works. Let his gifts shape you! Just as the Church travels the same journey with all humanity, so too you are called to exercise the Spirit’s gifts amidst the ups and downs of your daily life…Let it be sustained by prayer and nurtured by the sacraments, and thus be a source of inspiration and help to those around you.

…In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you too can transform your families, communities and nations. Set free the gifts!

Vigil during World Youth Day, July 19, 2008.

Question for reflection: How am I using the spiritual gifts entrusted to me by the Holy Spirit?