Rosary Reflection 15 May – Pentecost

Rosary Reflection 15 May – Pentecost

15th May – PENTECOST

Acts 2:4
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

The disciples were afraid. Most of us have probably never experienced fear like the fear they were gripped with. They were afraid they would be killed for being Jesus’ followers. Nevertheless, if they were not killed, what were they to do, now that Jesus was gone? We hear the story of the decent of the Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles. The apostles and Mary are hiding in the upper room in fear of the future. When the Holy Spirit, the advocate Jesus said he would send, comes to them, they are filled with the gifts they need to go out into the world: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Their fear had vanished and they were now filled with courage. This is the greatest before-and-after sequence the world has ever seen.

As we reflect on this beautiful mystery, we imagine ourselves there with Mary, who is intimately connected with Holy Spirit. She conceived her son by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is poured out in her presence. We are told how Mary would ponder things in her heart, let us follow her lead and reflect on receiving the Holy Spirit in our baptism and how we are strengthened with the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. We are called to identify the gifts of the Spirit in our lives and use them for the building up of God’s kingdom here on earth. For if we do not know what gifts we have been given, we are unlikely to use them fully, and we might neglect to play our part in aiding the renewal of the face of the earth.

So as we pray the rosary, let us pray for Mary’s intercession that we might better appreciate and cooperate with the workings of the Spirit within us and then be witnesses to Christ to the ends of the earth.