The outpouring of the Holy Spirit allows us to receive and share the blessings of God
by Renae Bauer
Receive and share.
These are the two messages on Pentecost Sunday. In the first reading, the apostles receive the Holy Spirit, allowing them to share the Good News in a multitude of languages. In the Gospel, Jesus breathes on the disciples. He then instructs them to receive the Holy Spirit and to share forgiveness with others.
Consider the image here. Christianity’s symbol for the Holy Spirit is a dove. Are the hands trying to receive the dove or share the dove? Or both? In your own life today, are you praying to receive or share? What does the green ribbon around the hands represent to you? What about the park bench?