Reflection: Pentecost

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Acts.2:1-11; Ps.103; 2nd Reading – 1Gal.5:16-25; Gospel – Jn.15:26-27;16:12-15]


It is not only the Father who will give witness to Jesus, but also the Spirit of Truth known as the Holy Spirit.  Although this evidence is valid evidence because it is made by two witnesses (the Father and the Holy Spirit), the same evidence will have corroboration through the other witnesses, those who have been with Jesus, those who, albeit able to give witness to Him, still have to learn many more things about Him.

In today’s Gospel Jesus is speaking about the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls him “the Advocate”. The Advocate should be the one to talk in the name of, one who helps because he talks/intercedes in favour of… Thus, this Holy Spirit/“Advocate” will talk in favour of Jesus to give witness to Him. He will say everything that Jesus himself has learnt because it is what they both (Jesus and the Holt Spirit) have heard from the Father. Furthermore Jesus has another name for this Holy Spirit/Advocate. He calls him the “Spirit of Truth”, who issues from the Father. Like Jesus himself, this Spirit has been with the Father and has learnt everything from the Father. And since He is the Spirit of Truth He will not say anything but The Truth!

At the same time Jesus is saying to his disciples that they too will give witness to Him on the same level as the Father and the Holy Spirit. This is because, while the disciples were with Jesus “from the outset”, the Spirit of Truth and the Father were (and are) with Jesus from the inset. In other words Jesus is putting His disciples in the same relationship He has with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. Thus Jesus is putting the witness of one (Father and Spirit) and the other (Disciples) on the same level. At the end of the day it cannot be otherwise because they all have the experience of the same Jesus. But there is one difference. While the evidence of the Father and the Spirit is complete, that of the disciples is not yet so, and therefore it would be the Spirit’s duty to help the disciples to arrive at the complete truth.

Although this happened long ago, it can still repeat itself today in our life. We can also become disciples of Jesus, and therefore we too can become His witnesses – if we accept Him in our life. Once this happens, we too enter into a relationship not only with Jesus, but also with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. This relationship will open our minds and lead us to the whole Truth.

“Lord, we know we received the Holy Spirit in our Baptism and confirmed his presence in our life in our Confirmation. We know You are there, but quite often we are not open to create a relationship with You. Give us enough humility to recognise where we stand with You and also give us enough courage to rekindle Your presence in us.  Thank You Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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