In the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, Jesus gives his disciples the Holy Spirit.  “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ ” (John 20: 21-22).  Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on the disciples as God breathed life into Adam.  The Holy Spirit is as close to us as our breath.  This breath keeps us, the children of God, alive.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to do all good things for God, ourselves, and others.  The Spirit helps us pray, discern God’s will, care for our families, overcome addictions, protect the earth, tend to the sick, feed the hungry, befriend the outcast, and all manner of loving actions.  How can the Holy Spirit enliven you to love others?

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