Vocation Meditation - May 11
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at the sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because all heard them speaking in their own languages.
The feast of Pentecost ushered a new creation in the Church. Jesus' disciples were transformed from being fearful and doubtful to being bold, committed and enlightened to the task given to them. They received the power of the Holy Spirit. They became the new prophets of the Kingdom. As the "Wind of God" the Spirit breathed new Life to their hearts and minds. He broke down walls of division and incomprehension of God's ways. The disciples preached and were understood by all. As the "Fire of God" the Spirit transformed them into men and women afire with God's love, compassion and good works. Sparks of their faith, hope and love would spread and conquer even hardened hearts.
Today the Holy Spirit, the Gift of the Father and the Son to the world continues to renew all things in Christ with His 7-fold gifts and actions as seen in Scriptures. The Spirit creates possibilities, sustains, saves, judges, inspires, equips, and guides.
Each day, you are a 'new creation' in Christ: anointed and sent forth.
I commit myself to pray each day: "Veni Sancte Spiritus."
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
Enkindle in me the fire of your love
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.