Pentecost … Sunday, May 19

English: The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the Ro...

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk, England. The Chapel was built in 1938. On the wall is a mosaic by A. Wyner depicting the event of Pentecost.

John 14:15-16, 23b-26

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

     Pretty simple way to know whether or not God dwells with us or in us, isn’t it? Do we keep His word? ALL of it? ALL of it being the Bible AND Sacred Tradition AND the Pope’s authority AND the Magisterium’s authority. Another way of saying the same thing: Are we obedient to the will of God? If so then we belong to Him. If not then we belong to ourselves. It’s the difference between His will and self-will.
     Pentecost. A turning point, God calling out to us through His earthly mouth piece the Church, asking us to choose this day who we will serve. God? Or the “gods” of this world. What or who are the gods of this world? Anything and everything or anyone that we follow after first, putting the One True God second if we allow Him a place at all.
     Now, after Pentecost, we have a “bonus”. Its one thing to be called, it’s another to be taught and then reminded. “The Holy Spirit … will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” God covers all the bases, doesn’t He? His covering all the bases should give us confidence. It should also bring to our realization that because He does this we are without excuse. He’s taken care of His part, God treats His creation responsibly. How we respond is a matter of our free will and our choices.
     Knowing that God loves us enough to set everything in place that is necessary for our well-being, spiritually and physically and emotionally, makes today a celebration. Pentecost is a time for joy, time for a joyful knowing that God loves us and cares for us. Totally. There is no fine print, this contract does not expire, the warranty doesn’t run out. Pentecost is a time for joy, time for a joyful acceptance of God’s love and His will for us, understanding that there is nothing better. Having found this Pentecostal truth we have all there is. We have Him.
     Nearly 2,000 years ago the first Pentecost was a time of great activity, and also confusion for some. Now its settled in. That doesn’t make it weaker or stale. What the settling in process does do is to add the strength and confidence of 2,000 years worth of experience and proof. The activity is still there and so is the confusion for some. But the experience and the confidence of those 2,000 years lends itself to something else now. Because of these things we can rest in Pentecost.
     Psalm 97:11-12 …
“11 Light is risen to the just, and joy to the right of heart.12 Rejoice, ye just, in the Lord: and give praise to the remembrance of his holiness.” …
Now … Lets Celebrate Pentecost, and especially the One Who brings it.
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