Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 19, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34

Psalm 138

John 16:5-11

I am quite certain that all of us have experienced deep sorrow and grief over the loss of a loved one.  Many of us mourn, and pray for, all of the victims who have succumbed to the Coronavirus pandemic.  In today’s Gospel sorrow filled the hearts of Jesus’ disciples when they heard Him speak about His imminent departure from them. 

Our Risen Lord explained that it was for their sake that He must leave them and return to the Father.  However, He promised that they would never be left alone.  He will send them, in His place, the best of friends, the Holy Spirit of God.

Jesus tells His friends three very important things about the work of the Holy Spirit:

  • “He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation.” (The word “convict” also means “convince.”)
  • The Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier: He makes us holy as God is holy by allowing us to acknowledge our sins and by bringing us humbly to the foot of the Cross, and
  • The Holy Spirit convinces us of God’s love and forgiveness and of our utter dependence on God for His mercy and grace.

Sisters and brothers, our Lord would never “orphan” us and allows us to understand that we need the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us from the error of our sinful ways and to show us the way of love and truth.

In twelve short days we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  It is when Jesus fulfills His promise to give us the gift of the Holy Spirt as our Advocate, and the Third Person in the Blessed Trinity.  It is a great day for the entire Church as will all pray:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love.  Send forth you’re Spirit and they shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth.” 

Question of the Day:  How will you live the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit of Wisdom, Counsel, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord?

Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit, bring me today love, joy and peace, in all that I say and in all that I do.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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