Gospel: Jn 20:19-23
On the evening of that day, the first day after the Sabbath, the doors were locked where the disciples were, because of their fear of the Jews. But Jesus came, and stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples, seeing the Lord, were full of joy.
Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” After saying this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit! Those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; those whose sins you retain, they are retained.”
Read: Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit onto the disciples. On the day of the Pentecost, the Spirit descends on them as tongues of fire. In baptism, we have all received the same Spirit who unites us into one body of Christ.
Reflect: Holy Spirit is the life of the Church and every Christian. He animates us and gifts us with charisms for the good of the society. He helps us relate to one another as sisters and brothers of Christ, thus uniting us into one body of Christ. Holy Spirit is the Spirit of union and understanding among peoples.
Pray: Pray for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Act: Take a leisurely, solitary walk and feel your kinship with the entire creation, thanks to the Spirit.