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6th Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Gospel: John 14: 15-21
Our Lady’s Message: Come, Holy Spirit (226)
Dear brothers and sisters,
After explaining our “life of grace” with him and the Father, Jesus tells us of our life with the Holy Spirit - “He remains with you, and will be in you” (Jn. 14:17). This completes the divine indwelling in us, bringing to fullness the “dwelling places in the Father’s house” (Jn. 14:2).
In her message, Our Lady talks about the Holy Spirit, of whom she is the “beloved Spouse” and the “golden doorway” through which this divine Spirit passes to reach us. We will read Message 226: “Come, Holy Spirit” from the book “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”
I. GOSPEL READING (John 14: 15-21)
Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Points for Reflection
1. The Life of Grace in Fullness
Introducing the Holy Spirit at this point is not meant to pre-empt our celebration of Pentecost two weeks from now. Rather, Jesus intends to bring the “life of grace” in us to fullness. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” (Jn. 14:16-17).
This “Advocate” helps us understand our life with Jesus and the Father, the “life of grace” in us; at the same time, the divine Spirit empowers us to actually live it out. “On that day you will realize that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I in you” (Jn. 14:20). Through the Holy Spirit, the very life of Jesus that we see and attracts us is realized in us. As Catholics, we are not merely trying to be good persons; rather, by the grace of our baptism, we have Jesus living his life in us.
2. The Holy Spirit as Witnessed by the Apostles
We see in the other readings how the Holy Spirit manifests himself as the “Advocate.” In the First Reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17), the persecution in Jerusalem did not silence the preaching of the Good News. The dispersion of the believers even paved the way for the spread of the faith. One of them was Philip, a companion of Stephen, who escaped to Samaria and “proclaimed Christ” (Acts 8:5). What enabled him to be fearless in doing the very thing that had gotten him run out of town in Jerusalem was the Holy Spirit. The “Advocate” gave him the wisdom and power to do with such courage what Jesus had done: preach the Gospel without counting the cost.
We Catholics, should live in such a way that people become curious about “what makes us tick”. The Second Reading (1 Pt. 3:15-18 ) tells us that it is our conviction of faith in Jesus, “put to death in the flesh, but brought to life in the Spirit.” That same Spirit now animates us to live his life, willing “to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.” Thus, Peter exhorts us, too, to live in the fullness of the truth that Jesus lives his life in us: “Be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pt. 3:15).
II. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: "Come, Holy Spirit” (Message 226)
June 7, 1981
Solemnity of Pentecost
a. I am the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
b. My powerful function as Mediatrix between you and my Son Jesus is exercised above all in obtaining for you in superabundance, from the Father and the Son, the Spirit of Love.
c. By this divine fire, the Church must be renewed and transformed. By this fire of love, the whole world will be made new. At his powerful life-giving breath, new heavens and a new earth will at last be opened!
d. In the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart, dispose yourselves to receive this divine Spirit.
e. The Father gives Him to you to associate you intimately in his very own life and that the image of the Son, in whom He has made to repose all his pleasure, may shine forth in you more perfectly.
f. Jesus gives Him to you as the most precious fruit of his redemption, as witness of his Person and of his divine mission.
g. Even in this distant land in which you find yourself today to hold cenacles with so many of my children, you see the Gospel already spread, through the precious work of the missionaries.
h. Today the whole world must be brought to the fullness of the truth, to the Gospel of Jesus, to the one Church willed and founded by Christ. This is achieved by the Holy Spirit.
i. The Church must be opened to his divine fire so that it will be ready to receive the splendor of his new Pentecost, in preparation for the second, glorious coming of my Son Jesus.
j. Today I invite you all to enter into the cenacle of my Immaculate Heart in the expectation of receiving in fullness the Spirit of Love, which is given to you as a gift by the Father and the Son.
k. My Immaculate Heart is the golden doorway through which this divine Spirit passes to reach you. And so I invite you to repeat often: Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well- beloved Spouse.
Points for Reflection
1. The Advocate
In her message, Our Lady describes the “Advocate” that Jesus asked the Father to send us as the “Spirit of Love from the Father and the Son” (226 b). This Spirit is the “fire of love,” by which the Church must be renewed and transformed and the world be made new. At the Spirit’s powerful life-giving breath, new heavens and a new earth will at last be opened (226 c). This is Our Lady’s propitious outlook about the “Advocate.”
2. The Second Pentecost
With her description of the “Advocate,” the “fire of love,” Our Lady seems to have much more to reveal. This becomes clearer with her invitation to dispose ourselves to receive this divine Spirit, indicating her Immaculate Heart as the new and spiritual cenacle for a new Pentecost (226 d). “The Church must be opened to his divine fire in such a way that, completely purified, it will be ready to receive the splendor of his new Pentecost, in preparation for the second, glorious coming of my Son Jesus” (226 i). Thus, she reiterates her invitation to all to enter into the cenacle of her Immaculate Heart in the expectation of receiving in fullness the Spirit of Love, given to us as a gift by the Father and the Son (226 i-j).
3. The Immaculate Heart is the Golden Doorway
This is mindboggling: “the Immaculate Heart is the golden doorway, through which the Holy Spirit passes to reach us” (226 k). At the start, however, Our Lady told us that she is the “Spouse of the Holy Spirit” (226 a) and the “Mediatrix” between Jesus and us (226 b). As “Spouse,” the Spirit cannot resist her who calls to him (521 n). As “Mediatrix,” she can obtain for us in superabundance the Spirit of Love (226 b). Thus, she invites us to pray this way: “Come, Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”
Yours in the Immaculate Heart,
Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.
Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998
Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007