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PENTECOST

posted 10 Jun 2019, 02:01 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 10 Jun 2019, 02:02 ]

New Life in the Spirit

With today’s celebration of Pentecost the Church concludes the joyful season of Easter. The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘fifty’ as it marks the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday. In the Jewish tradition, at this same time (fifty days after the feast of Passover) there is also a festival of thanksgiving when farmers bring the first fruits of their spring harvest as a gift for the Lord. It is also when the Jews commemorate the day when Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. That was why there were so many pilgrims from different nations in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the Upper Room – peoples of different languages who could all understand Peter in their own tongue when he burst out of that room and spoke fearlessly of Christ’s resurrection.

This great outpouring of the Holy Spirit gives birth to the Church, just as the Spirit continues to sustain her day by day. Likewise our own spiritual life cannot survive without the Holy Spirit, which is given to us at baptism and strengthened at Confirmation. But we need to pray for a continuous renewal in the Spirit if we are to be strong & faithful followers of Christ and dynamic witnesses of his presence in the world today. 

We see in today’s readings how the disciples, locked up and fearful in the Upper Room after Jesus’ death, are transformed into a dynamic community of fearless missionaries when the risen Christ breathes the Spirit upon them. The forgiveness which they themselves have just received they are now called to share with the rest of the world. This is their and our mission – to reveal the merciful face of God, the compassionate, forgiving God who wants to liberate us from sin & give life, eternal life to all who accept him. The Spirit transforms us to love as Jesus loves. Come Holy Spirit – fall afresh on us! 

With Pentecost wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.