Homily for Pentecost Sunday Year A
Theme: HOLY SPIRIT, GIVE US PEACE
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Sunday May 31 2020
READINGS: ACTS 2:1-11, PSALM 104, 1CORINTHIANS 12:3b-7.12-13, JOHN 20:19-23
✓•THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: He is a divine person, third of the Triune God – God the Spirit. He is a personal being infinitely wise, infinitely holy, and infinitely tender; He is power that supports man in his weakness (even in prayer Rom. 8:26). He is an ever-present loving friend, advocate, counsellor and helper. Indeed, the Holy Spirit is a Person! He is the Spirit of Truth promised us by Christ (Jn. 15:26). He is the cleanser of the world of its sin, bringer of righteousness, leader of God’s people, revealer of things to come This is who our Counsellor is: all knowing, all powerful, all wise, protector of man, illuminator of our hearts, cleanser of our ills, etc. today we receive him and are reassured of our safety in God.
✓•WHAT THE SPIRIT DOES: The breath of the Father gives life where hitherto, there was none. In the beginning, God made man from clay and blew into his nostrils the breath of life (Gen. 2:7). On the evening of his Resurrection, Christ breathed on his apostles saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn. 20:22), his breath brought the Holy Spirit as well as peace where there had been turmoil and fear. The fearing and quiet apostles became outspoken and courageous after the tongues of the Spirit rested on them prompting them to make bold proclamations about the crucified Christ (Acts 2:2-4). The Holy Spirit is a teacher, teaching us all things (Jn. 14:26), the Holy Spirit is an intercessor; he helps our infirmity and intercedes for us with groanings which are unalterable (Rom. 8:26). Also, the Holy Spirit aids our profession of God as Father; (Gal. 4:6). Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons and daughters of God” (Rom. 8:14).
✓•FORCE OF UNITY
Moreover, there is a link between what happens today at Pentecost with what happened at Babel in Genesis 11. Sin occurred and the punishment for it was the diversity of peoples and tongues. Unity is restored only in Christ the saviour, the Pentecostal gifts of tongues (Acts 2:5-12) and the gathering of all the nations in heaven (Rev. 7: 9-10). The Spirit of God unites all men and women. The many factions, divisions, class disparities (between: the rich and poor, Aristocrats and commoners; this party/that party, the catholic church and protestants, sellers versus buyers etc.) prevalent in our world today are aberrations to the ‘unitive’ force of the Spirit. Today, we are sent by Jesus (just as his Father sent him) to break down these divisions in our midst and to preach a gospel where everyone finds a home in Christ.
✓•THE NEED FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
All of us need the Holy Spirit in our lives: the Spirit is the force that binds humanity together, brings about unity. It recreates, bringing to birth what is needful but lacking – GOOD and destroying what is unwelcome but present – EVIL. The world need the guidance of the Holy Spirit for darkness, falsehood, vice and evil have taken center stage. The Church need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, for the unity for which Christ prayed in John 17:21 is fast eluding her. All of us need the Holy Spirit, because with him, we are enlightened and informed, guided along the lines of truth, better placed on our journey towards eternity etc.
FEED THE POOR, OCCASION JUSTICE FOR THE OPPRESSED, CONSOLE THE WEARIED