Tuesday, 09 June 2020 16:56

Gifts of the Holy Spirit, allow the Catholic faithful to uphold their mission in the Church

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila reflected on the mission of the Catholic faithful during the Online Pentecost Sunday Mass on May 31, 2020.

“Jesus is faithful. He has not taken back the gifts that he has given. The Holy Spirit acts in us now in our daily…. And we understand him although we have different tongues, we experience the same gifts of the spirit. The same charisma that is given to us from time passed up to now. The great proof that the spirit acts in us is the flowering of holiness that we find in the church,” he said.

Bishop Pabillo emphasized that the seven gifts from the Holy Spirit is enduring until the end times such as wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts lead the lay faithful on recognizing their mission to become Holy, thus, making them an instrument for the common good and the Church in general.

During this time when people are seeking authenticity and accountability, Bishop Pabillo acknowledged the difficulty when Christians face persecution as much as temptations in the digital age. It requires willpower to become a good person in order to purify one’s intentions to serve the Church.

“In spite of the scandals in the Church and the sins of the people in the Church that are being magnified by social media, still, there are numerous people who are striving to be good. People who want to know God. People who serve others selflessly, who stand up for the truth,” he added.

The bishop also says that the blessing given to the faithful through the gifts becomes a reminder that they are strengthened and renewed by God in the course of time. He is hopeful that the faithful may truly benefit from these gifts by allowing themselves to be moved by it despite the obstacles they encounter in life.

“Ang kapistahan ng Pentecost ay nagpapaalaala sa atin na buhay ang Diyos sa piling natin. Nasa atin ang kanyang energy. Nasa atin ang kanyang kapangyarihan, ang kanyang force. Kung ganito nga, huwag dapat tayong dapat manghina at huwag tayong magpabaya. Let us be hopeful and vibrant. God’s spirit is renewing the face of the earth in a way that we can hardly imagine,” he said.

The prelate reminded the faithful that the gifts from the Holy Spirit is never limited but limitless, thus he encourages them to trust the will of the Lord that these gifts may eventually bear fruits.

“These gifts are not exhaustive. They are representative. Marami pang ibang gifts. Let these gifts flow in our lives. Huwag nating hadlangan at ito’y mamumunga. Let the fruit of the spirit in us blossom which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” the bishop added.

Pentecost Sunday is significant because it is recognized as the birth of the Catholic Church and primarily as the beginning of the Church's mission to the whole world. In the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended to the Apostles. The Holy Spirit was also described as "sounded as a strong wind; tongues of fire." Hence, the Apostles were able to speak in different languages. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)


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