REFLECTION/HOMILY FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR B

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REFLECTION/HOMILY FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: “THAT THEY MAY BE ONE”

BY: Fr. Justus Oruma

(a) We recall how long and intensive Jesus prayed last week for the unity and oneness of the disciples, “that they may be one”. And so, as it is written, “they were all in one place together”. “In one place together” here means one in heart and mind. Because they were of one mind, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they also spoke from one mind and heart, and every body, from different lands, languages and cultures could understand them clearly. When they spoke in tongues, it brought Oneness, Faith and Understanding in the hearts of people. We see here the fruit of the Holy Spirit, namely, unity which leads to understand among different people in the family, in marriage and in community.

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(b) The letter to the Galatians gave list of things which bring disunity, confusion and misunderstanding in the family and community, namely: envy, rivalry, immorality, unfaithfulness, jealousy, hatred, egoism etc. These come from the devil. The word devil is from the Greek word, “diabolos” which means an accuser or backbiter that threatens the unity and brings about, mistrust, loss of confidence, division and “discord”. To maintain unity and understanding of the Holy Spirit in the family, one has to avoid these diabolos.

(c) When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, it was manifest and was seen by people, like the tongue of fire 🔥. The fruits of the Holy Spirit should be manifest and lived out in us. One who claims to have received the Holy Spirit should manifest, “love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” in relationships with people. We pray for these gifts.

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