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Gospel Reflection for June 9
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

June 9, 2019—Pentecost

  John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-26

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Why did Pentecost occur 2,000 years ago? Because if the Holy Spirit descended in tongues of fire today, fire alarms and sprinkler systems might shut down everything!

Actually, nothing could shut down the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s power came upon the Apostles and changed them from fearful, timid men into bold, enthusiastic preachers. Peter’s first sermon on Pentecost brought three thousand converts to Jesus.

The Holy Spirit worked wonders in the apostles, helping them to love like Jesus. The Holy Spirit works wonders today. Mother Teresa, before she became well-known, was begging alms for a little girl who needed medicine. A man contemptuously spit into her hand. She drew her hand back, smiled, and said: “This is for me. Now please give an alms for the little girl.” Jesus helps us to love like him by sending the Holy Spirit.

This is shown in the two options for the Gospel on Pentecost. In John 14, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit as our Advocate. In John 20, Jesus, on Easter Sunday evening, breathes the Holy Spirit upon his apostles, giving them power to forgive sins. Jesus sends the Spirit in many ways.

We receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation, in every sacrament, and in prayer. We can be more open to the Holy Spirit by reciting often the words of Saint Paul: “The Spirit God gives is no cowardly spirit, but One that makes us strong, loving and wise” (2 Timothy 1:7).

And Mary teaches us openness to the Spirit. At the Annunciation she conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost she received the Holy Spirit in a rush of wind and flame.

So don’t worry about fire alarms or sprinkler systems. With Mary, let’s pray in the words of the Pentecost Sequence: “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”

Read last week's reflection.