Homily of Father Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
Homily for Pentecost Sunday
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
We retain from our creed that the Holy Spirit is GOD. There are different names of the Holy Spirit? “The Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the third Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus also called him the Paraclete (Consoler or Advocate) and the Spirit of Truth. The New Testament also refers to him as the Spirit of Christ, of the Lord, of God – the Spirit of Glory and the Spirit of the Promise. He is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the helper sent by Jesus to teach us everything (Cf. Compendium number 138). Already, in the compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church number 47, we are made to understand that The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son. He “proceeds from the Father” (John 15:26) who is the principle without a principle and the origin of all trinitarian life. He proceeds also from the Son (Filioque) by the eternal Gift which the Father makes of him to the Son. Sent by the Father and the Incarnate Son, the Holy Spirit guides the Church “to know all truth” (John 16:13).
The Holy Spirit has always existed right from the beginning, from the time of creation all through the history of the Israelites. But what happened in the Acts of the Apostle can be termed the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT or an abundance of the Holy Spirit. This outpouring renewed the face of the Earth. They were gathered in Jerusalem on that day, according to what is written in the Acts of the Apostles: “devout Jews of every nation under heaven” (Acts 2: 5). Here is made manifest the characteristic gift of the Holy Spirit: all understood the words of the Apostles: “each one heard these men speaking his own language” (Acts 2: 6).
The Holy Spirit gives understanding: Overcoming the “breach” begun in Babel – the confusion of hearts, putting us one against the other – the Spirit opens borders. The People of God who found its first configuration on Mt Sinai, now becomes enlarged to the point of recognizing no limitations. The new People of God, the Church, is a people that derives from all peoples. The Church is catholic from her beginning and this is her deepest essence. This is all due to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
At Pentecost the church celebrates that day when the earth witnessed the powerful outpouring of the spirit of God. Today the spirit of God seizes men and women and allows them achieve more than what they are naturally capable of. The Spirit is descended on the disciples who lived in the fear of the Jews from Christ himself. The spirit transformed them into untiring missionaries. The gospel of Christ has impregnated the world since the coming of the Holy Spirit. The gospel is driven by the strength of the Spirit, which is like an engine of change. The Spirit continues to blow in our world today. He is bringing conversion, healing, and multiple spectra of miracles. Have you experienced the presence and the power of God’s spirit?
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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