Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Reflection for Sunday May 24, Solemnity of Pentecost; John 20:19-23


Gospel: John 20:19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them and whose sins you retain are retained.”
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Reflection:
Have you been in a situation where you feared for your life? The disciples were in this predicament after Jesus died on the cross. They were running for their lives and being hunted by the ruling power during that time. It must have been very difficult for them some of them might have even wore disguises to avoid being recognized.

With low morale and fearing for their lives they still managed to communicate and agreed to meet in a locked room. While in the room and perhaps praying and strategizing for their next plan of action, lo and behold the Lord Jesus appeared to them. To give them hope and peace. And before they separated Jesus breathed on them and gave them the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes it is in the lowest point of our lives that the Lord Jesus manifests His presence to us. Perhaps this is so because this is the moment where we are in need of Him. This is the moment in our lives that our minds are not preoccupied by worldliness.

Yet the Lord comes to us not only by Himself, He comes to us bringing with Him peace, hope and surely the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Why the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit? Because the Lord Jesus perfectly knows that we would be facing our own share of difficulties as we continue our journey in this world.

That is why the Holy Spirit is with us so that it could disturb our conscience whenever we sin. It could give us Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Courage, Knowledge and Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). Let us therefore pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and let us ask Him to shower us His many gifts.

Do you pray to the Holy Spirit and do you ask Him to guide and lead you? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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