Happy Pentecost! On this Feast we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church ~ the Spirit which we Catholics receive and which the Lord promises dwells in us, so that we can do His work in the world. In the weeks leading up to Pentecost we hear in Scripture the Lord explain how he prepares us and helps us with wondrous gifts.
The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that in mw you might have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
~ John 16:29-33.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in her book A Simple Path, reflects on this passage:
Works of love are always works of peace. Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them. When there is peace, there is God – that is how God touches our lives and shows His love for us by pouring peace and joy into our hearts.
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to truth.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe:
Peace peace peace.
Love & Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan