Fr Richard’s reflection – Pentecost Sunday

It’s always wonderful to welcome guests. To have people over for a meal or even to have them stay over for a night is a great joy and builds our friendship with them. But to have guests, preparations are required. Firstly, we have to be open to receiving them. Then, we have to prepare the food, the drink, and their accommodation. While they are with us, we have to give our time to be in their company.

On this great Feast of Pentecost, we’re asked to welcome the greatest “guest” into our hearts – the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity. Given to us in today’s liturgy, the beautiful 13th century Veni Sancte Spiritus, known as the “golden Sequence”, contains the striking line: “Thou, of all consolers best, Thou, the soul’s delightful guest, Dost refreshing peace bestow.”

It’s wonderfully comforting to know that the Gift of the Holy Spirit brings a lasting peace to our soul. But notice how the Paraclete is described as a “guest”. That means to receive the plenitude of gifts He brings, we have to be well disposed to receive Him, not just once in a while, but in every minute of every day.

Through our daily time of silent prayer and regular reception of the Sacraments, we allow the Holy Spirit, the greatest guest of all, to enter into our hearts and set us on fire for love of God and each other.