Pope at Pentecost Mass: Holy Spirit Makes Us God's Instruments

Christians Cannot Be “Mute” But Must Speak and Love Others, Pope Says

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Pope Francis has called on the faithful not to be “mute” Christians but remember they are followers of the Holy Spirit inside them, which calls Christians to speak, be His instruments and give witness to His name.

The Holy Father was speaking during his homily at Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Basilica. Also concelebrating were cardinals, archbishops and bishops present in the city of Rome.

In his homily, the Pope said that the Holy Spirit “teaches us it is the inner Master. It guides us along the right path, through the situations of life.

“More than a master of doctrine”, he observed, “the Spirit is a master of life. And knowledge is part of life, but within the wider, harmonic horizon of Christian existence”. The Holy Spirit “reminds us, reminds us of all that Jesus said. It is the living memory of the Church. And while it makes us remember, it enables us to understand the words of the Lord.”

He recalled when the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles.

“Speaking to the Apostles at the Last Supper, Jesus said that, after leaving this world, he would have sent them the gift from the Father, that is the Holy Spirit. This promise was powerfully fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended onto the disciples gathered in the Cenacle,” Francis said.

“The Spirit of truth and charity, that recalls to us what Christ said, allows us to enter more fully into the meaning of His words,” Pope Francis said, adding: “In substance, the Spirit reminds us of the commandment to love, and calls us to fulfil this.”

He stressed: “A Christian without memory is not a true Christian. He is halfway along the road, he is a man or a woman imprisoned in the moment, who does not know how to value his or her history, who does not know how to read it or live it as a history of salvation. Instead, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to interpret the inner inspirations and events of life in the light of Jesus’ words. And thus our knowledge of memory, the knowledge of the heart, that is a gift from the Spirit, grows in us.”

The Holy Spirit, the Pontiff said, “makes us speak, with God and with men. There are no mute Christians, those who are mute in the soul; no, there is no place for this. It enables us to speak with God in prayer.” He said, “It allows us to speak in the act of faith. It helps us to speak with men in fraternal dialogue. It helps us to speak with others, recognising them as brothers and sisters.”

“But there is more,” the Pope continued. “The Holy Spirit also makes us speak to men in prophecy, making us humble and docile ‘channels’ of the Word of God. Prophecy is made with frankness, to show openly contradictions and injustice, but always with meekness and constructive intent. Penetrated by the Spirit of love, we can be signs and instruments of God Who loves, serves and gives life.”

The Pontiff expressed that the day of Pentecost set the groundwork for the Church’s call to proclaim the Gospel.

“The day of Pentecost, when the disciples were ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’, was the baptism of the Church, who was born ‘reaching out’, ‘going out’ to proclaim the Good News to all. The Mother Church, who goes out to serve and, who recalls our other Mother, who went out promptly, to serve. The Mother Church and the Mother Mary: both virgin, both mothers, and both women,” Pope Francis said. (D.C.L.)

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