The 50th day of the Easter celebration is the Feast of Pentecost.
Today we hear that Jesus breathed on his disciples and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit”.
St. Ignatius Loyola says that the key to the spiritual life is to discern the spirits, to see whether we are living in the good spirit or an evil spirit and we do that by noticing how things make us feel. If something makes us angry, bitter, mean, resentful,
and violent, if it doesn’t make us feel good, then it’s not of the Holy Spirit, so we try to decide what is from the Holy Spirit and do only those things and try to stay in the Holy Spirit.
St. Paul says that to live in the Holy Spirit of Jesus we must be able to come together accepting our differences and diversity. He also says that we are living in the Holy Spirit when we have the fruits of the spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Holy Spirit is trying to change us, just as the Holy Spirit changed those first disciples. Let us be open to that change. Let us allow the Spirit to come upon us and transform us so that we can renew this world that we live in.
Father Reynaldo A. Domagas
*Reflections on the readings for the Feast of Pentecost, published in the parish bulletin of Our Lady of Victory Church, New York, June 12, 2011.