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The first gift at Pentecost The first gift at Pentecost

The first gift at Pentecost

Sunday 31 May 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Homily: Pentecost (Year A)   Here’s a question to ask yourself: What did the Holy Spirit give as the first gift to the disciples at Pentecost? We might be tempted to focus on how the Spirit was experienced by the disciples: we hear of the wind; we are told of the fire; we learn that the disciples experience a fullness of the Holy Spirit. But notice that none of these are what the disciples received as a gift to have as their own; these are, rather, manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The gift came as a result of the...

The potency of a blazing fire

Sunday 26 April 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Homily: Third Sunday of Easter (Year A)  
 
“Did not our hearts burn within us…?” When was the last time you could say that your own heart burnt within you? I don’t mean by this identifying when was the last time you got excited about something, as if this is equivalent to the feeling of elation when your team won the footy pennant. (Sorry Carlton fans!) Rather, the fire that burnt in the hearts of those two disciples as they walked with Jesus along the road to Emmaus might better be compared to the fire of deep loving affection that a couple of many years might still have for each other. 

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