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Fire of His Love - Pentecost Sunday (C)

The Gospel takes place shortly after Jesus’s resurrection. The Apostles were scared that they also would be put to death. So they lock themselves in a room and hide from the Jews and Romans. Jesus appears to give them their mission. He promises to send the Holy Spirit to them to help them with this mission, and in the 1st reading, it doesn’t look like too much has changed. They saw the risen Jesus. They saw Him ascend into heaven; yet, they still haven’t started Jesus’s mission to “go make disciples of all nations” by “teaching them” His “commands.” The Holy Spirit realizes this and enters into them in a new way. The Spirit stirs in them the gifts that were in them all along. Most of them became courageous to the point of martyrdom, dying for Christ.

My friends, on that Pentecost day, the fire of the Spirit did not just descend on the disciples and not move. When you read the Acts of the Apostles, you hear that it spread. It wasn’t a destructive force like a wild fire, but it was something new, it was a consoling/healing flame. That same fire of the Holy Spirit is still with us today We just need to be willing to recognize it.

Homily for Pentecost Sunday (C)