Mumbai Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) | The Blessings Of Pentecost

The Blessings Of Pentecost

22nd April, 2019
Rejoice, for Christ has risen! We are an Easter people and Halleluiah is our  song!

Many of us must have strived to live a ‘holy’ life during the season of Lent; since it’s a season of grace to repent and come back to the Lord. We begin our Lenten season on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads, reminding us that we have wandered far away and now it’s time to come home. Moreover, the gospel reading on Ash Wednesday from Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 reminds us of three important aspects i.e. Almsgiving, Prayer and Fasting. As we look back, some of us may have succeeded in being more Christ-like by strictly living up to the call of the season, whereas many may have failed to bring any interior changes in their lives except for abstaining from certain food, alcohol or smoking.

Living a life of holiness has become very challenging today, especially with advanced technology and the influence of social media, which should have been considered a blessing but has in turn become an impediment to our effort to walk in holiness. 1 Jn 2:15 says, ‘Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.’
The words of Jesus in the Gospel of John 17:14-16 also challenges us to be in the world but not of the world. Let us not grieve but rather let’s look forward to the Great Day that’s coming up. ‘The Pentecost Sunday’! Let’s begin making a prayerful effort to be filled by the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Whereby we can renew our Baptismal commitment to the Lord and experience the Joy of being ‘born-again’ in the Spirit.

Listed below are some of the blessings that we can receive at the Infilling or Baptism in the Holy Spirit:

In Rom 5:5 we experience the outpouring of God’s unconditional love through the Holy Spirit.
In Mt 6:6, Personal Prayer comes alive. Prayer will no longer be a daily dull routine but we will experience a wonderful relationship with the Lord when we are filled with the Spirit.

Rom 8:26 says, ‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.’ Hence with the infilling of the Holy Spirit we become powerful Intercessory weapons in the hands of God.

In Mt 4:4 The Word of God comes alive. Who can explain a book better than its author? Jn 14:26 Jesus said, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send will teach you everything. And John echoes similar words in his letter,
1 Jn 2:27 ‘the anointing that you have received abides in you and so you do not need anyone to teach you.’ The Holy Spirit helps not only in understanding the scriptures but also interprets the Word of God depending upon our need and situation.
 
Gal 5:16-21 promises strength to resist temptation as the Holy Spirit fights against the sins of the flesh.

Gal 5:22, Personal relationships are developed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit as listed by St. Paul i.e. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, which mainly assist in interpersonal relationships.

Finally, Acts 1:8, Mt 28:19-20 we are called to be HIS witnesses and to proclaim the Good News to all nations as the Lord has commanded. And for this we have received a Spirit of boldness, 2 Tim 1:7 ‘For God did not
give us a Spirit of cowardice but rather a Spirt of Power, of love and of self- discipline. (Acts 4:29, 31) The Holy Spirit fortifies us and fills us with boldness as He did in the lives of the timid disciples.

The Pentecost celebrations this year is being parish based and with the collaboration of the Parish team/associations as it is not only an important event for the CCR but it is also the Birthday of our Mother Church. As we prepare for Pentecost in our parishes, it is my earnest prayer that all of us will once again be filled with the Power and Zeal of the Holy Spirit to work in the Lord’s Vineyard!
Mr. Dickson Mendes