Sunday, May 27, 2012

Solemnity of Pentecost

Photo credit: Lawrence OP, Saint Aloysius Catholic Church, Somers Town, London
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost (<click on the link to download a two-page document about Pentecost), on the fiftieth day after Easter.  At the Vatican today, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted the significance of this feast saying, "Jesus, risen and ascended into heaven, sends His Spirit to the Church, so that all Christians can share in His divine life and become His effective witness in the world."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that, "On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ's Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance. On that day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed. Since that day, the Kingdom announced by Christ has been open to those who believe in him: in the humility of the flesh and in faith, they already share in the communion of the Holy Trinity. By his coming, which never ceases, the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into the ‘last days,’ the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited though not yet consummated.” (CCC 731-732)

Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. ... I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.  Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you" (John 15:26-27; 16:12-15).

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