Receive the Holy Spirit
2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020.
World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2nd.
“I don’t get anything out of going to Mass.” Someone once told me, “You get out of going to Mass what you put into it.” This makes more sense with a more informed theology of Eucharist. When we understand Eucharist, and our participation, as the public prayer of the Church, we tend to “get” more out of going to Mass.
The letter proposed an interesting itinerary that includes these three verbs: SEARCH, INHABIT AND FORMATE.
The setting of today’s Gospel (John 20:19-23) is Jesus’ last discourse to his disciples, at the table with them the night before he died. Jesus promises to send the Spirit, an Advocate on their behalf, the Spirit of truth. Read the passage, and note that the intimate workings between the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are how the disciples are drawn into this by the power of the Spirit at work in their lives. On their part, the disciples must receive what the Spirit declares to them and testify on Jesus’ behalf.