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

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Reflection for Sunday May 15, 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:
Are you aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life? And if you are aware of its abiding presence, does the Holy Spirit makes a difference in your life and do you allow it to move in your life?

There is story about a man who was walking with the Lord on the beach. When things were ok he noticed two sets of footprints one was his and the other was God’s footprints but when he had problems he noticed that there was only one set of footprints.

So he asked the Lord: why is it when I needed you the most you were not there for me? The Lord said to him I was there all along with you through the Holy Spirit. I never left you. When you saw a single set of footprints in the sand it was actually the Holy Spirit carrying you and seeing you though your problems.

Awareness of the Holy Sprit’s presence in our lives is something personal that God gives us. It’s actually a gift that God has given us when we were Baptized and Confirmed and since then it has been with us walking with us side by side. But sometimes we don’t feel his abiding presence; the reason behind is our sinfulness and lack of faith.

When we sin we obstruct its presence in us, if were lacking in faith we disallow him to make a positive impact in our life. Thus, it’s actually us who disallow the Holy Spirit to move within us.  

In the gospel passage for this Sunday, the apostles were in the upper room the doors were locked because they were hiding from the Jews who were after them. Then suddenly out of nowhere Jesus appeared to them and said: Peace be with you, Jesus said this twice and after a while he said these very profound words that would be one of the cornerstones of the Sacrament of Confession “Receive the Holy Spirit Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

The apostles are represented now by our Priests and Bishops, they have the sole faculty to forgive us of our sins. Therefore, if you want to fully feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. You need to humbly submit yourself to the Sacrament of Confession.

To you who's reading this. I pray that you will humbly submit yourself to the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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