Devotional Thoughts for Pentecost Sunday 11th May 08
- Reading: From the Gospel according to St. John 15: 20- 16: 15
Dear and Respected Brethren,
In the first verse of today's reading our Lord reminds us to remember
the word He has told us. What is that word? For argument sake we could
say "No servant is greater than the master". But our Lord reminds us
to stick on His blessed teaching to love each other. Are we not
spreading messages of enmity and hatred instead of spreading His love
and care? When we would try to analyze 'love' we must take 1
Corinthians 13: 1-12 as a guideline of love. In verse 22 we read, "If
I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now
they have no choke for their sin". Can we say that our Lord will not
say like this about us? How we could make so sure? Our Lord might be
saying "I have redeemed them from the slavery of sins and death. Still
their loyalty is to sin and sin again." When our Lord spoke to the
people of His time and when His word was accepted by the good minds
like the good fields in the parable of the sower, there occurred a
feeling of sin in their minds. We are given with the free gift of Holy
Spirit in us to guide us and to grant us good advice. In every moves,
the Holy Spirit in us is giving advice like do this, don't do it etc.
But how many of us could acknowledge to the Holy Spirit in us, as
In St. John 16: 24, our Lord says, "Hitherto have you asked nothing
in my name; ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full."
In I John 1: 4 we read, "And we write these things unto you, that your
joy may be full". Our Lord's wish and desire about us is that our joy
must be full. Our Lord is making it clear that He never likes to see
us all as sinners. Joy is an experience of being with the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord God wants us all to remain in His spirit and enrich ourselves
with the God given peace, happiness and joy. From the verse 25
onwards, our Lord is trying to make us understand more about the Holy
Spirit. In Verses 2 and 27 we read, "But when the comforter is come,
whom, I shall send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,
which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify me: and you also
shall bear witness because you have been with me from the beginning."
See our Lord uses 'comforter' for the Holy Spirit. When our Lord was
about to ascend Heaven, He advised His followers and disciples to wait
for the Holy Spirit, the promise of His Father. Our Lord added: You
shall gain strength and be able to witness me all over the world.
(Acts 1: 1-4) A team of about 120 waited with one mind and one prayer
and they all were blessed with the abundant supply of the Holy Spirit.
And this is why we the Christians are observing the Pentecost so
In the chapter 16 from verses 1 onwards our Lord teaches the matters
regarding the Holy Spirit's indwelling in the faithful. Verse 8-9
tells, "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment of sin because they believe not on me."
How far it is true about us? Are we exactly like the Jews of those
days? Do we believe that He is our Lord, God and Savior? Our Lord
declares Himself as the Lord of righteousness. (Verse 10)
Though we are living in this world, we are not supposed to be of the
world, as on the final day the prince of the world will be judged.
(Verse 11) We are supposed to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God,
who are in transit during our journey to heaven.
May God bless us all
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.