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<< Sunday, May 19, 2002 >> Pentecost
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13

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Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
John 20:19-23

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"All of us have been given to drink of the one Spirit." —1 Corinthians 12:13

Today, on this Pentecost Sunday and birthday of the Church, the Lord invites us to take a drink of life-giving water, to drink of the Spirit. If we decide to take the drink, the Spirit will prompt us to express ourselves in foreign tongues and to make bold proclamations (Acts 2:4) "about the marvels God has accomplished" (Acts 2:11). If we do this, a few people will mistakenly think we are drunk on alcohol (see Acts 2:13). But many of these people will change their minds, give their lives to Jesus, and also take the drink of the Holy Spirit.

However, some will refuse the drink, and they will reject and persecute those who have taken the drink. If we decided to take the drink, we will receive both the cross and Pentecost, both persecution and power, and both rejection and joy. The drink of the Holy Spirit is a "mixed drink." We naturally want some but not all of the effects of receiving the Spirit.

To make the right decision, we must not focus on the drink and its multiple effects, but on Jesus, the Person offering us the drink. Jesus proclaimed: "Let him drink who believes in Me" (Jn 7:37-38). When we believe in Jesus, we will gladly accept any drink or anything He gives us. We trust Him and are confident in His love.

On this last day of the ninety days of Lent and Easter, and after the nine days of the novena to the Holy Spirit, take the drink of the Spirit. Alleluia! Happy Pentecost!

Prayer: Father, renew my Confirmation and fill me with the Spirit now. Alleluia!
Promise: "Receive the Holy Spirit." —Jn 20:22
Praise: Alleluia! Praise the Holy Spirit! Alleluia!
Nihil obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, November 15, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 16, 2001
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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