Why am I not more like Jesus?

Father Bob’s last Sunday homily…


2nd Sunday of Easter B

Not all Pentecosts look the same. Embedded in our minds is the Pentecost described in the Acts of the Apostles with the rush of wind, the tongues of fire dipping down and the dove announcing the Spirit’s arrival.  In John’s Gospel, we have a more intimate telling of the story.  Jesus simply breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” And in that moment, they are transformed by the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Jesus lives within them.

And the same thing happens to us.  For we are members of a Church founded by and upon the Apostles.  We hear the word of God as they shared it.  And most significantly, as they sat around a table as Jesus shared his body and his blood, so do we. …

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