31 May 2020. PENTECOST Jn 20, 19-23
We all have an image of God. We imagine him with certain characteristics: an older man, serene and majestic, with white beard, transmitting peace and goodness…
It is easier for us to make an image of his Son, because he took on a body like ours in Jesus of Nazareth, the one who passed by doing good, who told us that his Father was all love and mercy, who died nailed to a cross and who rose again and appeared on various occasions to his friends and to those who believed in him. He was young, in his thirties, and to whom each one of us gives the face that we like best.
What about the Holy Spirit? Is He for me just a white dove that appears at certain times in Jesus’ life? What do I know about Him?
He is the love of God who acts in Mary and makes her a mother. It is he who urges Jesus to give Himself to the end and then raises him from the dead. He is the strength that Jesus gives to his friends to continue his work in this life. He is the interior impulse that makes us pray to God, seek the good and peace, and love others. He is the one who puts us on alert when the spirit of evil takes hold of us.
We receive him in the sacraments. We celebrate him on this solemnity of Pentecost and we remember him with the words of the evangelists.
May this Spirit strengthen us and grant us his gifts to be true witnesses of the Risen One. Happy Pentecost!
Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf