1st Reading: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
Gospel: John 14:15-16,23b-26

Today is Pentecost Sunday. In today's Gospel, Jesus promised to His disciples the Advocate who will be with them always, who will teach them everything and remind them of all that He has told them. Through the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, God is with us wherever we are, and He is already there wherever we are going. It is God's presence that gives us courage, and God's love that gives us confidence. As long as we know that we are not alone and that we are loved, we can go through anything, and come out strong and victorious by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name.

“Come, Holy Spirit!" This is a very powerful prayer. Pray this often, especially when confused, tempted, afraid, or disturbed. Pray it when needing discernment or when making decisions. It is the Holy Spirit that drives away the evil spirit from our minds and hearts. Is there a’ “difficult" person in your life that needs conversion? Is there someone who is hurting you or disturbing your peace? Invoke the Holy Spirit to come upon him/her, and be at peace. Let the power of the Most High do the rest.

The Holy Spirit is called the Advocate, the one who helps us in our needs. He is also called the Paraclete, the one who comforts us in our fears. May we all become advocates and paracletes to one another, and of one another.

How do you know that the Holy Spirit is in you? If you have love, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness, and chastity, then you know that you are living a life in the Spirit.

Lord, thank You for being with us always, and in all ways by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. Dante