Wednesday, May 20, 2015
by Sister Rose Jochmann
Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. We have been celebrating Easter for 50 days. What has life been like for you during these six weeks?
Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Some call this feast the "Birth of the Church". Today's first reading states that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enabled them to preach the mighty acts of God. After the coming of the Holy Spirit the disciples had the courage to preach about Jesus' mission, life, death and resurrection to everyone.
Do you depend on the Holy Spirit? I do. How do I recognize the Spirit? When I receive little nudges to do or say something good, when I get inspirations and new insights, I realize that they do not come from me. I credit those inspirations to the Holy Spirit. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as the "Wow" God.
So, this week, be open to the little nudges of the Holy Spirit in your life. According to the alternate reading from Galatians, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
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