May 23, 2021
Our situation today, including in the Church, can seem very far from the graces of Pentecost. It may seem more like the Cross. And yet, there is a mysterious relation between the Cross and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
- When Jesus bowed His head and said, “It is finished”, that was the moment He gave up His spirit at the cross so He could send the gift of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
- Jesus’s sacrifice at the cross changed the poison of evil into the power of the Holy Spirit of divine love.
- Our sacrifices can also be a part of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is drawn to those who are poor in spirit. Those who recognize the truth about themselves, their weakness, sinfulness and their need for God.
- The Holy Spirit comes from the sacrifice of the cross and it is drawn to those who are suffering with humility and trust.
- Mass is an opportunity to bring to the Lord our sacrifices and unite them with Him to prepare an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost comes from the cross, and Pentecost goes to the cross. The Holy Spirit is coming from the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus sacrifice is an extreme act of Divine Love, and there is also the sacrifice of His mother, united to Him, sharing in His sacrifice, along with others, like Saint Mary Magdalene. Our sacrifice too, can be part of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit came to Mary because of her lowliness. The apostles had to be broken of their arrogance, ego and pride before the Holy Spirit could come to them, and that’s what happened to them at the cross. The Holy Spirit comes from the sacrifice of the cross, but the Holy Spirit is also drawn to the cross, that is drawn to those who are suffering, and to those who in their suffering, respond with humility. We’ve been put in difficult situations, and that makes us feel our unworthiness, our sinfulness even more, but it’s precisely that awareness of our sinfulness and our weakness, which opens us to the Holy Spirit, that draws the Holy Spirit to our humility, to our poverty, to our lowliness.