Pentecost Sunday (2015)

The doors were locked and the apostles really didn’t know what they should do now that Jesus was dead. What they did know was that for the time being they were in a safe place. Safe, until the Lord called them out of their safety. In John’s Gospel He breathed on them. He gave them life just as His Father had breathed on Adam and gave him life. As the Father has sent me, so I send you[1], Jesus said. And in those words they were called out of comfort, out of safety and into the dangerous life of proclaiming Jesus Christ[2].

In the Acts of the Apostles, the apostles received the Holy Spirit in the symbols of fire and wind, and immediately left the safety of the Upper Room to proclaim the Good News[3]. The apostles were doing exactly what Jesus did before He was put to death. They were risking their lives, losing their lives, for the Kingdom of God. They gave up their safe place, for the safety of the Kingdom.

It is easy to stay in a safe place. It is easy to cling to our comfort level. But Christ continually calls us out of the Upper Rooms of our lives.  He continually calls us to embrace the challenges of the Gospel.

He calls us out of our Upper Rooms. But He does far more, infinitely more than that! He doesn’t just call us to proclaim the Good News. He gives us the ability to proclaim the Gospel. He gives us His Spirit. The Spirit that forms us into Church, the Spirit that is itself the Third Person of the Trinity is poured into us. That Spirit allows us to speak with our lives the language of the Love of God.  That Spirit allows others to hear God in every one of us.

The strength that the young couple has to care for their special child is an empowerment of the Spirit. The strength that the elderly husband or wife has to care for their sick spouse in an empowerment of the Spirit. The strength that we have to step away from relationships that are stifling our growth is an empowerment of the Spirit. The strength of the Holy Spirit is given to us so that our lives might be proclamations of the Gospel.

This morning we celebrate the Spirit that empowers us to leave our comfort zone, to leave our places of safety, to leave our security, and to leap into the challenge of the Gospel.  Today, as a community we pray that we might have the courage of our convictions.  Today we pray that we will be people of Pentecost! ▪

[1] John 20:21
[2] Pentecost Sunday (B), May 24, 2015. Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Responsorial Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; or  Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
[3] Cfr. Acts 2, 2. 

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

laus deo virginique matris