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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reflection for June 4, 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:
There’s this story of two brothers who lived in a remote rural area; these two have very extreme behaviors. Brother A, is a good natured fellow he’s very helpful towards his neighbors he is also very humble, prayerful and active in their church.

Brother B, is the opposite of Brother A, he has a rude behavior, has vices he seldom smile and acts as if he has no relatives and neighbors in their area.  He doesn’t even go to church he prefers to be with his drinking buddies rather than go to church for worship.

Due to his good natured characteristics the people around the community gravitates towards the side of Brother A. Whenever there’s conflict in the area they would run to him for help to be the peacemaker. They would also go to his house every week to ask him to be their guide and facilitator in their prayer meetings.

How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives or how does the Holy Spirit manifest its presence in our lives? This is the million dollar question that is very hard to answer mainly because many of us have no experience of feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit makes his presence obvious on those people who lead their lives worthy in the eyes of God. The Holy Spirit is like those people who gravitated towards the side of the good natured, humble and prayerful brother A.

The secret therefore to unleash the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to live our lives according to the teachings of God.

In our gospel this Sunday, the disciples of Jesus were in a room hiding from their persecutors. Aside from hiding from the Jews who were persecuting them what else were they doing there? They were obviously praying for Jesus’ protection and care and they were not failed by Jesus.

In the midst of locked doors He appeared to them and gave them His peace, He twice told them: “Peace be with you.” To pledge them that there’s nothing to worry about for the reason that He is there in their midst. Peace be with you to reassure them of His abiding presence and protection. Then finally he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

God’s peace and the presence of the Holy Spirit will come to us the moment we become His faithful and prayerful followers. This peace that God gives us doesn’t mean the absence of problems and challenges in our lives. It means that amidst these problems and challenges we would still be calm and peaceful because we know that God the Holy Spirit is with us.

Do you feel the guiding presence of God the Holy Spirit in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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