for Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ascension has come and gone and now we are in that special time of the
Church year when we wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has
already come but the Spirit is still in the process of conquering our
hearts. During this time between the Ascension and Pentecost, we keep
praying: Come, Holy Spirit.
The first reading today reflects this time of waiting and praying. The
apostles, some women, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the brothers of Jesus
are all waiting and praying in the upper room. They know of the promise of
Jesus to send a Consoler, an Advocate, His own Spirit. So they wait and
You and I are invited also to wait and pray. We always have need of the
Holy Spirit to confirm us in faith and to guide us in the way of peace.
None of us knows how long we must wait. It is quite clear that some people
becomes saints while they are still young and others of us spend a lifetime
seeking the Lord. It does not matter. What matters is that we are on the
path and trying to be faithful.
The second reading today, from the First Letter of Peter, reminds us that
we will have to suffer for our faith. The author wants to remind us that
suffering for the faith is fine, but if we are suffering because of our
sins, we need to repent. Thus the author makes it clear that we should not
glory in suffering if it is not for the Lord.
Today's Gospel gives us the prayer of Jesus for His followers when He is
not longer with us in the way that He was while He lived on this earth in
our human flesh. He knows that we will be confronted by many temptations,
just as the apostles were. He knows that we may deny Him, just as Peter
did. He knows that we may doubt Him as Thomas did. Yet He loves us and is always willing to pardon us when we ask for forgiveness.
Jesus sends us His Spirit so that we can know the Consoler as our
Advocate - one who is always seeking to defend us against all that is evil.
Let us wait and let us pray so that the Holy Spirit may come upon each of
us with personal gifts of grace for us - to lead us to the Father.
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