The Source of Our Redemption

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Acts 2:1-11/Ps.103:1,24,29-31/1Cor.12:3-7.12-13/Jn.20:19-23


The Source of Our Redemption


Pentecost is not a standalone event in the history and economy of salvation. It is the culmination of both. With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God glorified Christ and reinstated in humankind the lost image and likeness of himself caused by the disobedience of our first parents. Christ, the second Adam, the victim, the altar, and the lamb of sacrifice paid the ultimate price for the redemption of the world from sin. Through the waters of Baptism, the blood of his martyrdom and the Spirit, Christ Jesus regenerated humankind and made them stewards of the renewal of the earth.


Pentecost is more about our ongoing transformation, our usefulness as children of God and the sanctity of the earth. Just as the Father bestowed the Spirit upon Isiah and Christ, to begin the works of redemption and salvation and to transform the human condition, God did the same for all who receive the Holy Spirit. That is why we recognise Pentecost as the birthday of Mother Church. It is the day of our new beginning when the Holy Spirit from this day guides the community of Christ's priests, prophets, and servant-kings to continue the mission of Christ on earth in the ways of holiness, righteousness, justice, and in the spiritual way of life (Rom.8:5-11).


As a sign of our zeal to be part of the history and economy of salvation of humankind - especially when the historical, social, political and religious is in crisis - the Church beckons us to pray: "Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth (Ps.103:30). Yes! We are in dire need of the Holy Spirit more now than ever. It takes on a spiritually conscious generation to reverse the atrocities affecting our world today. The situation is not hopeless. It is redeemable. However, we cannot do without the aid of the Holy Spirit.


Come, Holy Spirit, we need you now and urgently.


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