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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Reflection 2020-05-31 Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 2 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23
The Gospel today begins with the disciples locked up with doors being shut. However, instead of being locked up due to a disease, they were locked up as John said for fear of the Jews. Yet, fear is a disease that destroys us if we let it take hold of us. In the midst of that fear, Jesus appears and stands among them saying peace be with you, twice! This is what Jesus wants to tell us, who are locked up due to the pandemic: that he comes to bring peace, not as the world gives. It is not a elusive peace that is void of conflict or doubt or fear. It is a peace that results from confidence in Jesus, who has risen from the dead.
This is the peace Peter and the Apostles had on the day of Pentecost, who were also locked up in the upper room, when suddenly the Holy Spirit descended on them and enabled them to proclaim the mighty works of God which the people heard in their own tongue. As Jesus and the Holy Spirit shows us, this peace takes us beyond fear, and doubt, that pierces physical restrictions because God’s power is beyond all human limitations!
The Responsorial Psalm reminds us, our Lord is very great. He is clothed in majesty. Our life does not end when our bodies die. Our life begins when God sends his Spirit and renews it. Why should I desire the life God gives? God gives a life of freedom, not because I can do whatever I want, or be whatever I want to be. But because I will be the person God wants me to be. It is a life that is immersed in the power of God, that brings joy, peace, wonder and glory because Jesus rules as Lord. It is a life that frees me to forgive those who have harmed me, a life that frees me from fear of failure, a life that frees me to be who God wants me to be: his child, who inherits a kingdom that will never end.
This life is possible because God has given us the Holy Spirit who leads us to submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is this Holy Spirit who gives us new life, a life in God, a life in Christ, a life united with our Father in heaven and Jesus, the Lord of heaven and earth.
If today, at this moment, you are isolated and are stressed, if you have lost your job and the future is uncertain, if you feel you want more in life, come to Jesus because he wants to give you a new life, just as he gave his disciples new life. You do not need to go anywhere, to encounter Jesus. He will come, even when you are alone, even in your pain, and fear. Jesus died, so you can have life. But you need to call him. If you think he cannot forgive you or heal you, remember: Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth. He has power to enter your life, no matter how dark it is. He has power to give you new life, no matter how bad you think it is. He has power to break whatever that binds you, addictions, anger, suffering.
Lord Jesus, I come to you in my isolation. I come to you because there is no one else who can help me, who can heal me and give me peace. I want your peace, the peace that comes from seeing the marks of your death. Let me see how much you love me, that you endured the shame of the Cross to save me. Let me embrace this Cross Lord, so you can be the Lord of my life. Come Lord, breathe in me. Come Holy Spirit, and create a new heart for me. Renew the face of my life.

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