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Acts 9:31-42
Psalm 116
John 6:60-69

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the necessity of a new pentecost

"It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless." —John 6:63

At Thursday's Mass, we heard about the Holy Spirit directing Philip (Acts 8:29). Yesterday, we read about Saul being "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17). Today, we hear that with "the increased consolation of the Holy Spirit," the early Church grew in numbers (Acts 9:31). Tomorrow, Peter will be described as "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 4:8). On Monday we will read about the descent of the Holy Spirit on Cornelius and his household (Acts 11:15). On Tuesday we hear of Barnabas, "a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and faith" (Acts 11:24). The Lord through His Church's daily eucharistic readings is making it very clear that we must not quench the Spirit (1 Thes 5:19) but be docile to the Holy Spirit in every way.

At the end of this Easter season, we will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Lord wants this to be the greatest Pentecost of our lives. Without the Holy Spirit, we will be imprisoned in the upper room rather than sent from that room to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. The angels and saints in heaven, the poor souls in purgatory, the Church throughout the world, and all creation are breathing with Jesus the prayer: "Veni, Creator Spiritus!" ("Come, Creator Spirit!") (see Jn 20:22) Let us join the symphony of the Spirit. "Come, Holy Spirit!"

Prayer:  Father, make the Holy Spirit the Desire of my heart!

Promise:  "How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord." —Ps 116:12-13

Praise:  Irv repented and had his vasectomy reversed. A few years later, he and his wife rejoiced as God granted them another pregnancy.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Pentecost Novena, and our booklets, Praying for a New Pentecost, and Additional Life in the Spirit Seminars.) [Send for information regarding the religious community, Fathers and Brothers of Pentecost.]

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, October 17, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 21, 2002