Reflection for Pentecost

St. Pius X | News
1 Jun 2020

With this feast we celebrate the birthday of the church because it was on the first Pentecost Sunday that the infant church was launched on course and took on its missionary role. The Spirit of the Lord which was poured out and transformed the apostles from a fearful group to courageous human beings announcing the Good News about the mighty acts of God, was not a one-off happening which only took place at the beginning of the church. Ever since the Holy Spirit has been a permanent presence and a tower of strength in guiding, guarding and directing its course. The action of the Spirit continues in our time and is first evident in our lives at baptism. It is on that occasion that the seed of eternity was planted within our being bringing us into a loving relationship with God, who invited us to become his adopted sons and daughters. The starting point for accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit is to increase our prayer life, which helps put us into a loving relationship with God – the Spirit came upon the apostles while they were at prayer. Without an attitude of prayerfulness it is difficult to discover our special talents and the particular role we are called to play in the mission of the church. The story of Pentecost invites us to reflect upon our openness and our response to the outpouring of the Spirit in our own lives.