Last Sunday we heard in the first reading Jesus telling His disciples, “… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1,8). With Pentecost, these words of Jesus are fulfilled. The disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit. They experience power in them and they start preaching the Word of God with confidence. After the death of Jesus, the fear of the Jews (John 20,19) prevented the disciples from going out to preach the Good News. With Pentecost, the Holy Spirit expels that fear out of them. They are now able to go out. They experience new life in them. They are created anew.
We too, out of fear of the Covid-19, have been in lockdown in our bubbles. For more than 8 weeks we were not able to gather for liturgical celebrations. By God’s grace, on this Pentecost weekend we are allowed to gather again in our churches. A new life is starting. It is a new beginning. Let each one of us feel the breath of Jesus on us and let us hear His voice as He tells each one of us: “receive the Holy Spirit”. May we experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we may truly become witnesses of Jesus by reaching out to others in Rangiora and beyond. The Holy Spirit sends us, not only to those who already know Jesus, but also to those who don’t know Him yet.
Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Happy birthday to all of us, disciples of Christ.
“Come Holy Spirit, enter the hearts and lives of your faithful here at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Parish…”
Fr Arsène KAPYA.