Pentecost | iPray with the Gospel
Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
In the first reading of today’s Mass we hear the account of Pentecost, the day on which the growth rate of the Church exploded; when three thousand people from all walks of life listened to a fisherman speak about Jesus Christ, whose death they had asked for a few weeks before, and they asked to be baptised. This is the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus breathed on His disciples.
The Holy Spirit transformed that number, but no transformation was more astonishing than the conversion of Peter. O Peter! Who can recognise you now? You don’t run away today, and don’t hide for fear of the Jews; you now deploy more energy in preaching than you did before in hiding. A few days ago you, Peter, were frightened by the voice of a servant, and very soon you will stand unshakable under the blows of the chief priests.
Who could now doubt the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, when we can see this transformation in St Peter? Who wouldn’t pray to that same Spirit: ‘Come, O Holy Spirit, do the same with me’? If He did that in Peter, what couldn’t He do in your soul and mine who also need conversion in so many things? If I let the Holy Spirit work in me, if I’m docile to Him I will get rid of that defect, I will acquire that virtue…
Holy Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, you were there on that day too. I can imagine your eyes glowing with love and joy as you saw that transformation in Peter, whom you loved. And you are now with me… every day… helping me to be docile to the Holy Spirit. I can imagine your smile when you see me transformed by the Holy Spirit into another Peter, a daring apostle of your Son, to tell everyone how much God loves them, and all that He has in store for them if they also become temples of the Holy Spirit!
This article originally appeared on www.ipraywiththegospel.org. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © Fr. George Boronat.
Rev. George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London. He is the Chaplain of The Cedars Independent School in Croydon, and also works as Chaplain of Kelston Club & Study Centre (Balham) and Oakwood Independent School (Purley). He has developed his pastoral ministry mainly with young people and is the author of iPray with the Gospel: Resources to Help Young People Pray (www.ipraywiththegospel.org).