Pentecost marks the official birth of the Church. The result of the reception of the Holy Spirit was immediate. The Apostles’ fear gave way to courage. Filled with the Spirit, they went out to proclaim the Risen Lord, even if that meant undergoing persecution and death. St. Stephen the martyr is the first example of such courage. They were given the gift of language, which enabled them to go and proclaim Christ in different parts of the world. In the Gospel Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn. 20:21) We too have received this mandate from the Lord through our Baptism and Confirmation.
As Stewards of Christ, we are called to share our Faith through various ministries. Holy Spirit has bestowed on us the gift of Love! Love is the greatest force on earth. Love speaks a language that all can understand. It breaks all human barriers of color, culture, nationality and even social status in life. This is the kind of Love that motivated St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta to change the world. This language
of love can definitely unify all our SJN parishioners into a more engaged Catholic Community.
How do you envision yourselves to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit within you in order to transform our families, community and our world?
Happy Feast of Pentecost!
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS