Dear brothers and sisters,
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The Solemnity of Pentecost is our celebration of the wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit to us by the Father and our Risen Lord. We celebrate today the Third Person of the Holy Spirit, who is Love in Person, the Love of the Father for the Son and the Love of the Son for the Father.
It is most fitting for us today to focus our attention to this divine truth at a time in our world where love is being defined and redefined in worldly terms, in categories of our fallen human nature. Today, we are asked to remember that everything human and everything that is created to exist within time and space has its origin outside of itself, outside of time and space, that is, in the divine.
The love then which we struggle to understand and define and attain must find its origin in what God tells us it is. Today we remember and celebrate what God has revealed to us who are His creatures existing in time and space what that love is, or rather Who that Love is. It is a Divine Person, the Person of the Holy Spirit.
This Love is a Person, who like the Persons of the the Father and the Son, possess in Himself intelligence and will.
We, who are created by the Holy Trinity, who are created in Their image and likeness, to possess intelligence and will, are also created to be one in them as the Father and the Son are one in the Holy Spirit.
Our whole life on earth is to know through our intelligence and choose through our wills this Love Person of the Father and the Son. To remain ignorant of Them and to reject the Spirit offered to us through the preaching of the Apostles and the sacraments is to reject the very ability to love. This is what sin is.
Any definition we give to love that does not come from the Holy Trinity is of human origin and cannot be love. This illusion of love is but a but a lie that breaks down society into selfish individuals who will ultimately frustrate one another into disappointment and despair.
Let us hold fast to the divine teachings of the Apostles which they and the Spirit bless us with each day through the Word and Sacraments by which we are all made into one Body, the Church, the Body of Christ. – Fr. Simi.