This Pentecost day, just like the people of God gathered to commemorate in thanksgiving the giftbof the Law that guided their lives, we come from all over to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus promised us.

The Holy Spirit opens us to one another and unites us into one people where each and everyone feels included and belongs. A truly spirited community overcome every kind of tension be it tribal, age based, colour, political, name it. Humanity is at its best in today’s first reading. Pentecost brought about a wonderful bonding of people from all over the Roman Empire. They were united in admiring and praising the marvels of God. In spite of differences of language and culture there was a real communion among them. Wherever communion of heart and mind exist among people of different backgrounds, the Holy Spirit is at work. Unity in diversity is the mark of the Spirit.

We see the same aspect of unity in the second reading where Paul reminds the Romans of what the Spirit they received has made of them and how they ought to live as a Spirit-animated community. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. We are all children of the same ABBA, therefore we are all brothers and sisters. Surprisingly, there are all sorts of differences among. Why? Are we really a community led by the Spirit?

In the gospel, Jesus makes two radical points which he stresses right through his teaching that help us understand how the Holy Spirit continues his work in us. The first point is that the Spirit will be true to the teachings of Jesus, so he will remind us of what Jesus left us as a guide to life. These are tremendously important teachings which we must understand today whatever happens. What happens to us does not matter because Jesus was aware of them even from where he stood at the time of his leaving his followers. The second is that the Spirit will often bring out new things or, rather, things which seem very new to us. Are we open to the newness that the Spirit brings? Hos often do we stick to our old ways, or rather the way it has been so it must be?

It is Pentecost and we gather to celebrate the Eucharist let us receive the gift of the Spirit and allow ourselves to be guided by him to what God wants of us especially a united people. We continue to pray for our nation this election year that we may end up united even after August 9th.

Happy Pentecost Sunday
Happy birthday to our mother church
Fr Joash CP