MASS WITH ECCLESIAL LAY MOVEMENTS 2018

Homily ·Easter
By Archbishop Gomez
Cathedral of the Our Lady of the Angels
May 20, 2018


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,1

We have waited with our Blessed Mother for the gift of the Holy Spirit — and now the Spirit has come. Just as Jesus promised. In fire. In a strong and driving wind.

The mighty Spirit of God is with us today, just as he was with Mary and the apostles on that first Pentecost.

As we heard in that first reading today: “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit!

As the apostles were filled with the Spirit, so are we. This is who we are.

Para cada uno de nosotros, el bautismo y despues la confirmacion, son nuestro Pentecostes personal porque recibimos al Espiritu Santo, que nos ha hecho en una nueva creacion, hijos e hijas del Dios vivo, hermanos y hermanas unidos en Su familia, que es la Iglesia.

Hoy Jesus, de nuevo, derrama Su Espiritu, para renovar nuestra identidad y fortalecer nuestra mision. Nos da vida por Su Espiritu, y nos reune como una nueva familia, una familia santa con gente de todas las naciones, para vivir en su amor y compartir su mision.

El Domingo de Pentecostés es el inicio de la gran aventura de los Apóstoles. El mandato de llevar el Evangelio a todas las gentes.

En la primera lectura escuchamos como los Apóstoles recibieron al Espiritu Santo y en el pasaje del Evangelio, Jesús les da el mandato de continuar su misión. ‘Como el Padre me ha enviado así los envío yo también”.

La acción del Espíritu Santo, evidente en los tiempos apostólicos, esta también presente en nuestros tiempos. Los milagros, conversiones y crecimiento de la Iglesia continúan en la vida de la Iglesia.

Today again Jesus comes to stand in our midst. He passes through the locked doors of our hearts — the doors that we lock to keep others away from us. To keep God at a distance.

Jesus knows that like those first disciples, sometimes we are afraid of what God is calling us to do; sometimes we are afraid to go out and encounter the pain of our neighbors, their loneliness and their need for God.

But Jesus will not leave us alone. He does not allow us to lock ourselves away from the world. So, he comes again and again into our lives.

In the Gospel today, he comes to his disciples and he shows them his hands and his side.

The wounds of the risen Christ tell a story. When we look at his hands and his side, we see the story of how much God loves us — so much that he suffers and dies for us.

In his wounds we see that we have been forgiven and healed, our guilt washed away!

This is why the disciples rejoice in the Gospel today. And this is why we should rejoice, too. Our life should be a life of joy! Every day. Because we have seen the Lord! We have seen how much he loves us!

Jesus has risen from the dead so that we can live with him. And he breathes his Spirit into us at Baptism and calls us to go out and follow him into the world, to complete his mission of love.

We hear his words again today:

Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. …
Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.

Of course, we understand that Jesus here is giving his priests and his Church the power to forgive sins in his name.

But he is also speaking to every one of us. We have all received the Holy Spirit. We are baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Dice Jesus: “Yo he venido a traer fuego sobre la tierra, ¡y cómo desearía que ya estuviera ardiendo!” Y asi nos da la mision de nuestra vida: Extender el fuego de Pentecostes, encender el mundo con el fuego del amor de Dios!

Y, queridos hermanos y hermanas, bien sabemos que el mundo esta esperando el fuego del amor.

Lo vemos a nuestro alrededor. Tanta violencia y desorden. En todos lados vemos odio y division. Esta semana, otra tragedia en una escuela en Santa Fe, Texas. Niños asesinados sin razon. Y en la tierra donde nacio Jesus, gente tambien asesinada, no lejos del lugar donde los apostoles recibieron el Espiritu Santo.

Jesus nos envia, a ti y a mi, al mundo para llevar el don de Su Espiritu para renovar la faz de la tierra. Nos llama a convertirnos en hombres y mujeres de paz, a construer puentes, a abrir los corazones que se han cerrado por la indiferencia.

Tenemos que salir a donde estan los que sufren, los excluidos. Sin importar de donde son o que idioma hablan.

Jesus said: “I came to set the earth on fire and I wish fire was already burning!”2 And he gives this mission to us. To spread the fire of Pentecost, to set this world on fire with the love of God.

And, my brothers and sisters, we know that the world is waiting for that fire of love.

We see this all around us. So much violence and chaos. Everywhere, we see anger and division. Just this week — another shooting in a school, in Santa Fe, Texas; children killed for no reason.

Then, in the land where Jesus was born, people are being kills this week not far from the upper room where the apostles waited for the Spirit.

Jesus is sending you and me out into this world, to carry the gift of his Spirit, to renew the face of the earth. He is calling us to be peace-makers and bridge-builders, to open every heart that is hardened by indifference.

We need to reach out to those who are suffering, those who are excluded. No matter what language we speak or where we come from.

The Spirit makes us one, as St. Paul says in that second reading today. One heart, one love, one life!

Jesus is sending us into the world to spread the fire of his love wherever we go. In our conversations at home and at work. Even on the internet or on social media.

In fact, the social media is one place we can all make a difference. Facebook and Twitter and all the rest. When we use these media, let’s try to bring people together, try to be a voice of understanding.

Like those first disciples, we need to open people’s hearts to the love of God. We need to speak to them of the great things that God can do in their lives.

The mission of Pentecost, the mission of the Spirit, continues today — in your life and my life.

Entre las muchas cosas que podemos reflexionar en esta fiesta, pienso que es importarte notar la urgencia de renovar nuestro compromiso apostólico e intensificar la docilidad a las inspiraciones del Espíritu Santo.

La misión que hemos recibido consiste en compartir nuestra fe con nuestros contemporáneos. Es una llamada personal y urgente que no podemos posponer. Nuestra fe exige que invitemos a los demás a conocer las verdades de la fe.

We need to rely more on the Holy Spirit. We need to pray to the Holy Spirit every day.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Ven, Espíritu Santo, llena los corazones de tus fieles
y enciende en ellos el fuego de tu amor.

Envía tu Espíritu y todo será creado.
Y renueva la faz de la tierra.

Let us ask our Mother Mary to pray for all us and to pray for the Church. May she help us to know that Spirit is alive in our hearts and help us to spread the fire of his love to the ends of the earth.

1. Readings (Pentecost Sunday): Acts 2:1-11; Ps. 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23.

2. Matt. 3:11; Luke 12:49.

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