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Jun 18, 2019 | God's gifts, Holy Spirit, Mass readings, Pentecost Sunday, reflections, Sacraments, Scripture
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1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Resp. Psalm Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd Reading: Romans 8:8-17
Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26
Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
God gives us abilities and things so that we can use them for good. In today's Gospel Jesus gives His Apostles the ability to forgive sins. This is the work of redemption. He died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. But this is only in potentiality. Our sins can only be forgiven when we go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.
The stain and guilt of Original Sin is taken away when we are Baptized. If we sin afterwards, we must go to Confession. Why would the Lord give His Apostles and their successors this ability if He didn't mean for it to be used?
God does nothing frivolously. Everything He does is for a good purpose. Let us confess our sins regularly and often so that we may be able to accept every gift and grace from our loving Father, and His Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD