First Reading  Acts 2:1-11, Responsorial Psalm Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34, Second Reading 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13, Gospel Jn 20:19-23.

After the Ascension, the disciples went into the upper room and closed the doors for they were afraid to be persecuted because they were followers of Christ. Despite all their pains, the disciples had not forgotten that Christ has promised to send to them the Holy Spirit. So, with the Mother of Christ, the disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit in prayer. The Holy Spirit is the connection between the Father and the Son. Even though Jesus is God, He depended on the Holy Spirit for the accomplishment of His mission on Earth. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father are one.

When the Holy Spirit came on the disciples, they were freed from their fears, and they went out to proclaim the Gospel. Everyone who heard them could understand what they were saying. This is the work of the Holy Spirit because without Him, the disciples could not remember what Jesus did during the three years of His mission on earth. The Holy Spirit enabled them to go beyond their intellectual capacity. The same is true for us, the Holy Spirit comes to strengthen us, without Him we are nothing.

We received the Holy Spirit in our baptism and confirmation. We should ask Him to renew us in His power so that we may regain the joy of living unity in our families and receive other good things that the Holy Spirit brings in our lives. We should pray that the power of the Holy Spirit saves us from all our distresses. May the power of the Holy Spirit take away the Corona Virus. We also pray for our country so that during this postelectoral period, the Holy Spirit may grant us peace and unity.

The Holy Spirit gives us His gifts so that we may proclaim the Gospel like the disciples. The Holy Spirit blesses us with spiritual gifts not for our own sake but for the good of our brothers and sisters. Thus, each one of us should find a way to proclaim the Gospel and share with others the gifts from the Holy Spirit. One may visit the sick, another may comfort an afflicted or be kind to his neighbor, etc.

The commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit is a day of joy for we are celebrating the anniversary of our Church. We should not let our difficulties, anxieties about the future, our fear about the evolution of the pandemic of Corona Virus or other things keep us from rejoicing. The Holy Spirit is ready to bless us, we are only asked to open our hearts.

In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from the homily from the 6:30 AM Mass of May 31, 2020. It was celebrated by Fr. Jean Marie Bisimwa, Isch.


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