Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26 (or John 20:19-23)
If you love me, you will keep my commandments; and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever, Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; But if anyone does not love me, he will not keep my words; and these words that you hear are not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
I told you all this while I am still with you. From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I have told you.
READ: The Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles like a strong wind and in the form of tongues of fire. His coming cannot be ignored. He is here to declare to the people coming from the different places that the apostles are enabled to evangelize them in their own languages.
REFLECT: The Spirit enables us to see beyond race, gender, social status and religion. He can unite us all who are different from one another. The Spirit comes as Jesus promised before his ascension. It may well be helpful if you recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart and in the people who interact with you with love and devotion. Awareness of his presence among us lead us to renew ourselves and to respect and care for one another. Nobody monopolizes the Holy Spirit.
PRAY: Lord, help me feel the presence of the Holy Spirit within me. Help me also recognize his presence in other people who fear you. Give me the courage, wisdom and strength to communicate the good news to other people and to be one always with my fellow believers.
ACT: Help build your community. Recognize their giftedness. Get involved in the new evangelization.
© Copyright Bible Diary 2019