“Come Holy Spirit, filled the hearts of the faithful, enkindle with them the fire of your love.…” 

Perhaps we could ask ourselves: “what keeps you from proclaiming God’s work in your life?” 

Each of us has our own experience of how the Spirit work in us, in the midst of our limitations and weaknesses. But what is the most surprising about it is the fact that we are still able to be proclaimers of the gospel of salvation. 

This Sunday, we are going to celebrate the feast of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us to serve the community. From our fears and sadness, the Spirit gives us strength to build up the community. 

In our gospel, the word of Jesus gives encouragement for the disciple who have been envolved in fear. He appeared to them in His resurrected form and assured them, offering His peace. The disciples rejoiced in seeing Him. Jesus appearance reflects the great love he had for the disciples. It is the fulfillment of His promise: “Don’t be afraid, I will be with you until the end.” This assurance gives courage to the disciple to continue the mission of Jesus and we, too, are invited to take the path that the disciples did, to proclaim the Gospel of salvation to all the world. Fear not, take courage, go forth and set the world on fire. We are not alone, the Holy Spirit is with us. 

The Pentecost experience is a guarantee and reminder for all of us, that our mission as proclaimers will always be compelling because we have the Holy Spirit. It reminds us, too, that we can overcome everything, if the Spirit of God who loves us more that anything, is with us. It guides us and leads us to be more connected with Him in our daily life. Therefore, go and set the world on fire, we can make it.  

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us with this prayer: “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.   

Happy feast of Pentecost!