Vocation Meditation -
"the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you."
John 14: 25-26
Jesus, in the today's Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, 2010, reassures his disciples that they will receive all they need to carry out the mission to which he has entrusted them. Soon to be filled and transformed to the very depths of their being, they will step out into the world, confident and unafraid to proclaim God's salvation for all humanity that is found by believing in the person of Jesus Christ. They will now go out everywhere, sent by the spirit to share their incredible experience of faith in Christ, whose death and resurrection has restored for all people the opportunity of eternal union with God.
Pentecost is an explosion of the Spirit that affect the hearts of everyone open to letting the loving power of God transform them into apostles for the Kingdom of God. How am I aware of the Holy Spirit moving in my own life at this time? Do I sense the gentle nudging of God's Spirit inviting me to open up my heart more and more to allow God to guide me in my choices for my life's direction? Prayer to the Holy Spirit is an important help to anyone discerning a vocation. Jesus invested himself totally in his disciples, and through the Spirit does the same for us today who are discerning our way. Let your prayer today speak to what is in your heart.
Blessing for Pentecost
This day, the Father of light has enlightened the minds of the disciples by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. May he bless you and give you the gifts of the Spirit forever. Amen.
May that fire which hovered over the disciples as tongues of flames
Burn out all evil from your hearts and make them glow with pure light. Amen
God inspired speech in different tongues to proclaim one faith. May he strengthen your faith and trust as you continue to discern the vocational direction in life that will unite your deepest desire with the will of God for you. Amen.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.