Gospel Reflection Pentecost Sunday June 5th 2022


 ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’

Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, a Polish Jew invented Esperanto, an auxiliary International language in the late 19th century. He dreamed of a world without war, and he believed that the first step on this road would be to break down the language barrier between peoples. The experiment failed. On this Feast of Pentecost we remind ourselves that the language of the Holy Spirit does cross all boundaries and speaks to all hearts. It is the life-giving language of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. If people decided to speak this language more frequently they would renew the face of the earth. Words create worlds. It’s interesting to note that the Buddhist religion promotes the same approach to living: ‘better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace’. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us.

The Church’s whole life and mission

depend on the Holy Spirit;

He fulfils all things’ (Pope Francis).