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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Pentecost Sunday 2024

We've all heard the phrase, “They’re rubbing off on you.” It’s often used to describe how spending time with someone can influence our behavior and personality. We see this in friendships, families, and even workplaces. But have you ever thought about how this concept applies to our spiritual lives?

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. Picture the scene: a mighty wind, tongues of fire, and the apostles suddenly speaking in different languages. This dramatic event transformed a group of frightened disciples into bold proclaimers of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit "rubbed off" on them, filling them with courage and wisdom.

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul contrasts living by the flesh with living by the Spirit. He lists the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the qualities that begin to manifest in us as we spend more time in prayer and communion with the Holy Spirit. Just as we take on traits from those we spend time with, the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives transforms us, helping us to grow in these virtues.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon his disciples, giving them the power to forgive sins. This moment marks the beginning of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing presence in our lives. Jesus knew that his disciples needed the Holy Spirit to continue his work. We too need the Holy Spirit to guide us, strengthen us, and transform us.

So how do we allow the Holy Spirit to "rub off" on us? It starts with prayer. We need to invite the Holy Spirit into our daily lives, asking for guidance and strength. This week, I encourage you to spend more time in prayer, specifically inviting the Holy Spirit to be with you. Pay attention to how the fruits of the Spirit begin to manifest in your interactions with others. 

For example, when you feel frustrated, ask the Holy Spirit for patience.

When you’re tempted to react harshly, ask for gentleness.

When you face conflict, seek the Holy Spirit’s peace.

When dealing with difficult people, ask for kindness.

If you feel like giving up, pray for the Spirit’s faithfulness.

In moments of selfishness, call on the Spirit for generosity.

When you feel overwhelmed by life's challenges, seek the Spirit's joy.

When struggling with temptations, ask for self-control.

And in all things, pray for the Spirit to fill you with love.

These small, daily invitations open the door for the Holy Spirit to work within us, gradually transforming us into more Christ-like individuals. As we cultivate these fruits in our lives, we become more effective witnesses of God's love and grace to those around us.

As we celebrate Pentecost, let’s make a conscious effort to allow the Holy Spirit to "rub off" on us. Together, let’s pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our parish community.

May the Holy Spirit fill us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, transforming us into true disciples of Christ. Amen.

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