My dear parishioners, the world’s people cried out in pain for the "spirit of wisdom and understanding", but there was none. The nations sought the
spirit of counsel and might
, but it could not be found. The
spirit of knowledge
hid its face.
fear of the Lord
were unknown upon the earth. [cf. Isa 11:2-5]
So it came to pass, inescapably, that in the heart of every human being, indeed in the soul of every generation, there has existed a longing, a hunger to return to God, to share in his spirit once again. Man was not utterly alone, however, for . . .
NEVER DID you turn away from us, and, though time and again we have broken your covenant, you have bound the human family to yourself through Jesus your Son, our Redeemer, with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone. [
, "Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation I" 2010]
Over the course of time, our Lord directed his prophets to prepare his chosen people. Israel was to repent of its evil ways and sincerely turn to God.
Then, on a privileged day of God's own choosing, at a favorable time known only to him, he would visit his people. On that day God intended to purify and bandage humanity’s terrible wound of sin. On that day God marked the world and its deeds of history for judgment, his people he would lead to a place of safety.
“On that day” is this day! God's Word is proclaimed today! What is proclaimed by God, man must take to heart. On this day of the Solemnity of Pentecost, Jesus Christ offers to mankind the incomparable gift of his Holy Spirit to make its home in the Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ has overcome sin and disbelief. He binds the ruler of this world for judgment. The Spirit of God will deliver the Church and the gospel into righteousness.
The Spirit has prepared the world for judgment by exposing sin and revealing righteousness. The Spirit is restoring and making sacred all who follow Christ. Whether least or greatest, every vessel of cracked clay will be made new and pour forth a "spring of water welling up to eternal life". [Jn 4:14]
Those who faithfully follow the ways of holiness are no longer a stronghold of ruins. God’s chosen people are formed into a glorious temple of the Holy Spirit. On that day, says the Lord:
I WILL give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God." [Eze 11:19-20]
The Holy Spirit is the "rush of a mighty wind". [Acts 2:2] The Spirit is God’s primordial and creative fire. Yet, for all this, the Paraclete is the power of sheer silence, the inspiration of Christ assembling his Church to "receive the Holy Spirit"! [Jn 20:22] The Spirit will confer peace upon every virtuous disciple and nation under heaven.
More than mere words, our
to God must reveal itself in steadfast discipleship, that is to say, the eloquent testimony of
springs of living water
[cf. Rev 7:17]: true worship, heartfelt reconciliation, habitual prayer and self-effacing benevolence. Heavenly Father, we pray that you fill the Church with
times of refreshing
[cf. Acts 3:19] on this Solemnity of Pentecost!
Sincerely in the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Your pastor, Reverend Richard Barker.
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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Auxiliary Msgr. George Sheltz
Retired Auxilliary Vincent Rizzotto
Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza
Reverend Richard Barker