Come, Holy Spirit, as soft refreshing rain

In his Sunday Gospel Reflection, Fr. Paolo Consonni compares the Holy Spirit to gentle rain, emphasizing its cleansing and nourishing effects on the soul, similar to how rain revitalizes nature. As we celebrate Pentecost, he highlights that the Holy Spirit’s transformative power works gradually, penetrating deeply into our lives, fostering spiritual growth, and guiding us toward a deeper commitment to truth and intimacy with Christ.

The Ascent

Sometimes we identify this small world of ours as the final horizon of our lives. The feast of the ascension invites us to breach the ceiling of our prejudices and belief systems that trap us into a small world. Once we break the ceiling, we are able to see the sky of divine possibilities and of living our life to the fullest.

The Dramatic Unfolding of Prophecies

A kingdom has some features. Most significantly, it has a king, some subjects, a territory, and laws and regulations to govern. In the case of the kingdom of God, we know clearly that Christ is the king. His territory is the whole universe and is not limited to the divisions on the face of the earth drawn by people. What we need to do to belong to his kingdom is to live by the laws of his kingdom, which most predominantly is love. He enlists into his kingdom those who are willing to DIE FOR LOVE.

Standing “un-haloed” at the foot of the Cross with our eyes fixed on Jesus

During Holy Week, we too, far from being holy, want to stand at the foot of the Cross with the un-haloed centurion and fix our eyes on Jesus. We too, like him, desire to discover God’s presence and mercy in the darkest corners of our hearts and of our world. And by doing so, step-by-step, as Mark taught us and as the catechumens have done in their journey toward baptism, we will enter Christ’s Resurrection.