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Jakarta, 20 May 2018

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TODAY IS PENTECOST: RECEIVE GOD’S FIRE NOW & NEW TONGUES

Jakarta, 19 May 2018

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JESUS’ PROMISE TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS FULFILLED AT PENTECOST

Fifty days after Jesus’ Resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles who were gathered in the Upper Room along with Mary, Jesus’ mother, and other women who were his disciples. The Spirit came to rest upon each of them as tongues of fire.

Prayer:  Come, Holy Spirit, reign within our hearts! Purify us and refine us! Empower us and use us! Live within us as You prepare us for our heavenly groom. Amen.

Jakarta, 20 May 2018

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THE LANGUAGE OF THE SPIRIT

THE LANGUAGE OF THE SPIRIT

(A biblical refection on the PENTECOST SUNDAY, 20 May 2018)

First Reading: Acts 2:1-11 

Psalms: Psalm 104:1,24,29-34; Second Reading: Galatians 5:16-25; Gospel Reading: John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 

The Scripture Text

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” (Acts 2:1-11 RSV)

A group of dispirited followers of Jesus had gathered and locked themselves in an upper room, probably the same room where the last supper was held. There was more perspiration than inspiration in the room. There was fear and suspicion. The room was occupied by a group of followers who were afraid that they would suffer the same fate as their Master. So they listened to every step on the stair; they waited for the knock of the executioner; they prayed that no one would discover their hiding-place and that the world leave them safe in their sacred enclosure.

In contrast there is the powerful image of the Holy Spirit as one who is not shy of the boundaries and the barriers that people erect. He is not halted by locked doors or locked hearts; He doesn’t exclude Himself from the restrictive areas people settle in. When the Spirit comes, it is not like a spring breeze that whispers unnoticed through a room; it is more like a hurricane that lays flat all the precious protections against its force. And the Spirit takes this group of dispirited followers and fires them with a new energy and a new enthusiasm and a new authority.

The presence of the Spirit makes the disciples open their lives to others: they don’t just decorate their sacred enclosure, they leave it and pass over into the lives of other people with the gifts of Gospel and peace and forgiveness.

The disciples go outdoors. They go to the market-place where people gather and there they proclaim to all how they have been changed by the power of the Spirit. They tell a Magnificat and proclaim how God has worked wonders in them. At first the crowds think that the apostles are drunk – no doubt because they’re sure it takes some kind of spirit to transform these men. Whatever it is, everyone acknowledges that something happened to dramatically change the outlook and behaviour of the followers of Jesus. The name of that experience is Spirit.

The crowd’s second reaction is a joyous one when they realize that the apostles are speaking their language. Perhaps we’ve all heard people say to us in a mixture of relief and enthusiasm: “Now you’re speaking my language!”  When that happens there is communion, where before there had only been misunderstanding and division. The apostles got through to people, they spoke the deep language that is in all of us and which rarely gets spoken. It is the language in search of understanding; it is music in search of a melody. Saint Paul spoke of it as inarticulate groaning, the cry of the spirit within us. The apostles reach people in this profound language. It is the language of the Spirit.

Source: Denis McBride, CSsR, SEASONS OF THE WORD, Britain: Redemptorist Publications, 1991 (third printing September 1993), pages 162-163.

Prayer: Father of light, from whom every good gift comes, send Your Holy Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of Your wisdom open the horizons of our minds. Loosen our tongues to sing Your praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without Your Holy Spirit man could never raise His voice in words of peace or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord, who lives and reign with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 19 May 2018 

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JESUS GIVES HIS FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 16:23-28 – SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER: Saturday, 12 May 2018 

The Lord speaks about a time when He will no longer use veiled language in speaking of the Father. Then, our joy will be full. Jesus refers to the Pentecost event for the Apostolic college and to baptism for our individual selves.

When we receive the Holy Spirit, we are no longer dependent on words, images or phrases of a teacher to  instruct us about something of which we know little. We are able to experience the presence of God for ourselves.

It is similar to the experience of love. One can hear lectures and read books about love. It is only when an individual has the experience of love that she or he can realize the full depth of its power as something much more that words can convey. The same is true of our experience of God. Once we experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, then we realize the partiality of all language and theologies of the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit enables us to experience what we have heard being taught and preached.

Jakarta, 12 May 2018

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THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL LEAD US TO ALL TRUTH

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15 -SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER: Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Lord describes the functions of the Paraclete, or Holy Lawyer. He will tell us what to say and how to say it. The Paraclete works not only when Christians are called before investigating committees but also when we face a personal crisis. The Holy Spirit enables us to say the right thing.

Secondly, that Spirit will guide us into truth. It is from the Spirit that our right and bright ideas come.

Thirdly, that Spirit will guide us to action. In complete situations, we will be guided by the Holy Spirit almost instinctively.

All of this is a function of how deeply we allow the Spirit to permeate our lives. The Holy Spirit does not come only for ecumenical councils and confirmations. He is an aiding, permanent source of life, renewal and inspiration that we cannot lose. We can tune that Spirit out, but cannot lose Him.

If the new life of the Spirit is not put into action, the old way of life will reclaim our consciousness.

Jakarta, 9 May 2018

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THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL CONVICT THE WORLD ABOUT SIN

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 16:5-11 – SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER: Tuesday, 8 May 2018

We have a language problem in today’s Gospel reading. “Paraclete” means  Advocate, Lawyer, Attorney. The Lord says that He will prove the world wrong about quite a few things. The heavenly Lawyer will show the world what sin really is – refusal to believe in the Lord.

He will enable them to realize that justice is tempered by God’s mercy available now because Jesus has gone to the Father. He will help the realize that there is deliverance from condemnation because of the power of the Resurrection. When we are faced with a crisis that breaks apart the fragile security that we have, that fissure in our life allows the Holy Spirit to enter to change our notions of religion, God, faith and life. It can transform the way we see the world. Then the process of conversion and renewal begins.

The Holy Spirit enters in the cracks of our lives to enable us to see where real security and abiding strength are. That Spirit strengthens the part of us that will never die – our relationship with Christ.

Jakarta, 8 May 2018

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