“Fear not” Jesus tells us time and time again in the gospels. “I am with you all days until the end of time”(Matt.28.20). This period of the covid-19 pandemic with its many restrictions has caused a lot of fear and many have reacted to the situation out of fear. True followers of Christ act to the situation out of love for Christ and the certain knowledge and conviction that He is with us. They see the pandemic as a real call from God to true repentance for sin and to a deeper faith and trust in Jesus, who is the Lord of history. True followers of Christ act like Christ, praying and offering sacrifices for those, who have little or no faith in God, for those who are suffering, and being there for those in need of help. That we as followers of Christ can think and act in this way is due solely to the power of the Holy Spirit.
The pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday completes the salvific work of Christ. Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, His resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand in heaven paved the way for the Holy Spirit to come and radically transform human beings from slaves to sin and the tyranny of hell, into sons and daughters of God with the right of inheritance. All who are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ and thus grafted into His Body, the Church, the family of God, are no longer just ordinary human beings. We are radically changed and share in God’s own divinity. We are His holy Tempel, where God dwells (Joh.14,23). Therefore, we as followers of Christ are to think and act as Christ in every situation. The apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Church in Philippi: “Put on the mind of Christ” (Phil.2,5).
With these words I wish all a very inspiring and holy Pentecost.
Paul Marx,omi., parish priest
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