Jesus said to His disciples “ Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized wit water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit .” Acts 1:4-5
And true to Jesus' promise – on the day of Pentecost, 10 days after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit did come and the disciples received a most amazing gift from the Father: PENTECOST.
The Holy Spirit, the same Spirit Who was at work when God created the earth, the Spirit by whom our Savior was conceived in the womb of our Blessed Mother Mary, the same Spirit that came upon Jesus at his baptism and was profoundly active in Jesus’ life, especially in his public ministry. It is that same Holy Spirit Who dwells within us and desires to manifest the Kingdom of God through us. (Acts 2:1-4)
In that rush of wind, in those tongues of flame, as the Holy Spirit came and filled the disciples, the Church of the Living God was born. (1 Timothy 3:15)
And so it is, God’s desire is to transform and empower every person of this parish (and every parish), so that his church might manifest the Kingdom of God in power for the conversion of sinners, the making of disciples and the final coming in glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Immediately following the Mass, the Holy Eucharist was exposed for adoration and the people of God came up one by one to be prayed with for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Last Pentecost 2020, we were under lockdown. This time around, with great thanksgiving, St Antoninus exultantly celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our beloved Church and in every heart and soul- as together we proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!
For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:9-11 )
...and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by
the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12-3b)