John the Baptist, in his ministry, announced Pentecost. 

 

"I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." (John 1:27)

 

John testified further saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

 

"The precursor was aware of another baptism superior to his, a baptism of fire but a destructive fire" The ax is already at the foot of the tree, a large bonfire was prepared to destroy the sinners ... "

 

Jesus himself announced the fire that burned in his heart and that he wanted to spread this fire out to the world to save humanity. "I came to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! "When Jesus announced the coming of the Holy Spirit, he introduced this coming to his disciples as "the Spirit of truth" (John 14: 17; 15: 26; 16: 13). Jesus Christ is what he says he is, God's Truth: "I am the way, the truth and the life. "(John 14: 6) As a son, he was commissioned to reveal to us the Father's love for all humanity. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "(Mark 13, 31) Jesus' listeners could not receive and assimilate all this teaching of the truth, all the light that the Master wanted to communicate. "I have yet many things to tell you, but you can not bear them now. "Jesus was preparing to send the Holy Spirit who would complement the work begun.  "This is mine, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you. (John 14: 26)  "But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming." (John 16: 13) This means that the disciples are already in the total truth, but they have to make progress in its understanding. "And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning." (Jn 15: 27) You also are witnesses.

"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. (AC. 2: 1-2) Thus, Christ's disciples received the Holy Spirit, the truth, and they have a mission to communicate to others through testimony of their lives. According to the account of St. Luke "And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim." (AC. 2: 4) They were filled with the breath of Pentecost, and transformed by him. Suddenly fearful disciples become by the force of the Holy Spirit, enthusiastic witnesses to the fulfilment of their mission. They begin to proclaim boldly the marvels of God. The Holy Spirit does not reverse. It is given "without measure" to all (John 3: 34), to each what he needs "for the common good. "(I CO 12: 7)

Receive the Holy Spirit

Come and descend on us

  • Come and descend on us Spirit of holiness, come and take us so that we will be filled with God.

  • Come and descend on us and transform our weak thoughts, into the brilliant light of the new horizons.

  • Come and descend on us and lift our souls to you by making them explode with the joy of your love.

  • Come and descend on us, launch us into action upon the fertile ground to help spread the Gospel.

  • Come and descend on us, yes come and make us rise. Rise to the infinite, to rejoin the Father.

Father never refuses the Holy Spirit to those who ask him for being renewed. He is the first to desire that we receive him. Our Father continues to send the Holy Spirit to the Church to ablaze the world. The fire lit at Pentecost, is an intense burning flame of a new love, impossible to extinguish. This gift of love and intimacy with God can transform us, to heal us of our weaknesses and deify us.

Today there is in the Church, a continual Pentecost by the spreading of the power of the Holy Spirit. This same power of the fire of the Spirit continues to act and tends to animate all our Christian lives to enable them to spread the good news throughout the universe. It is up to us to open ourselves to the Spirit of truth, to think and act as authentic witnesses of Christ. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (AC. 1:8) This outpouring of divine favor is a gift that comes from the Father through the Son. Already the Father had opened up his heart by giving us his Son, in immolating him for us. The Spirit of truth pours out into our hearts to remind us again and make us understand from the inside, the words of Christ. It makes us recognize the greatness of revelation.

The miracle of divine grace is this coming into us of the Holy Spirit who invades our hearts and transforms us. These are the healing that purify our souls. The Holy Spirit makes us reborn by communicating to us the very life of God. He comes to free us, to save our hearts from what paralyzes it and to open it to the joyous love for the happiness of all. He gives us the courage to live our faith, to radiate it, by daring to affirm our Christian convictions, to transmit the flame. He unites us to Jesus Christ who speaks through our lives so that our hearts follow the path of generous giving. The Holy Spirit makes us aware of the immense mission that is assigned to us. The hearts of today's Christians, as well as those of the past, are ablazed. 

 

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal 3:28)

Jean-Claude

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