Filled with the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus ascended to his Father in heaven, he promised his disciples that he would send them the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth. Today the promise is fulfilled on the Feast of Pentecost. Even after Jesus had risen from the dead and shown himself to his disciples, they were fearful and hesitant. But the power of the Holy Spirit transformed them into fearless witnesses who travelled across the Roman Empire, sharing the Good News and making new disciples. The Holy Spirit was their guide; giving them courage, empowering them to witness and opening the hearts of those who heard the message. In today’s First Reading, we see the Holy Spirit overcome the division of languages, so that people from all parts of the world can hear and understand the teaching of the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit still guides and teaches the Church today. We have received the Spirit in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Spirit leads us into the truth, as Jesus promised, and gives us courage to witness to our faith. Today on the Feast of Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, who transformed the first disciples and transforms us.

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