|St. Peter Preaching at Pentecost by Benjamin West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This Sunday will be our Solemnity of Pentecost and I will be preaching at the parish of Divine Mercy (Pasir Ris).
While doing up the homily piece and looking at the ideas and insights gotten from surfing the Internet on Pentecost, here's one thought that caught my attention which formed the foundation of what I wanted to share.
People long for the mysterious. People seek the mystical. The media feeds into this desire through shows and various types of literature that present the mysterious domain of the dead. The vampire, werewolves, zombies and what-have-you craze has as much to do with people’s fascination with the unworldly as it does with being a medium for teenage romance stories. People (and perhaps even ourselves, in the past) run to astrologers and mediums/bomohs, shamans and gurus, hoping to be exposed to the mystical, to control it and use it for one’s benefit. Or as St. Augustine would say, they run hard, but in all the wrong directions.
We are running all over the place seeking the wrong kinds of spirits, when all we have to do is merely to go to the disciples of the Lord. To find the mystical, people have only to go to you, and to me. Jesus Christ has given us His Spirit, His Power. We can call upon the Lord, and through the Power of the Holy Spirit, He will be present. What as awesome gift!
So, call on Him. Ask for the Holy Spirit. It's only a phrase away - Veni Sancte Spiritus...