Pentecost Sunday. Year A. Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Acts 2:1-11; Ps.104:1-34; 1 Cor.12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23
As I reflect on the Feast of Pentecost, I think about the unction to speak in a language that everyone can understand; the power to speak inspired words that lead to total renewal and transformation; first of ourselves, and then of others. Today, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit came down powerfully on the Apostles in tongues of fire, casting out their timidity, doubt and fear, and giving them the power to communicate to the many people from all over the world who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover.
Friends, the Holy Spirit leads us to harmony, not discord. When we begin to fight over spiritual gifts, wondering whose gift is best; when we begin to compete in speaking tongues, even when we fail to transform our lives and the lives of those around us in simple enough language; when we continue to discriminate in God’s Church, separating the rich from the poor, the Igbos from the Yorubas and Hausas; then we have missed the true message of Pentecost. Today, the Holy Spirit is ready to go through hearts that are shut out of fear, hurt, hatred and sin. He offers us healing and strength – He invites us to speak this hope to others in a language they can understand.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful!
Happy Pentecost Sunday dearest. God bless your week ahead.
N.B: Today, I’ve decided to give you a gift of the song the Holy Spirit inspired me to sing about this time last year. You can get your free download HERE.
I’ve also embedded the YouTube link to the amateur video of the same song I made from home HERE.
It you prefer to download the video, see HERE.
Have a blast in the Spirit!