domingo, 15 de maio de 2016

Pentecost Harvest Festival - 2016


Antoni BigCuore*

"And no one can say," Jesus is Lord "except under the action of the Holy Spirit." (1 Cor 12: 3)Next Sunday 14/05/2016, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Penta, fifty days after Easter. The day almost "official", the foundation of the church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church Petrina, the ONLY continuer of the Apostles.

By way of information, Glimpse back to the Old Testament, more specifically, in the Book of Exodus, chapter 23, verses 14-19, which deals with the major Jewish festivals, one of which the "Harvest" is considered the Jewish Pentecost.

Let the text: "Three times a year you will make a pilgrimage. The first will be the feast of Unleavened Bread, (also known as Unleavened Bread) (1) to be held as follows: for seven days, as I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, because it was that month you came out of Egypt. 

No one should appear empty before me. The second festival will be the party Messe, the feast of the first fruits of their sowing work in the fields. And third festival in the feast of ingathering at the end of the year, when you collect the product of their work in the field. Three times a year, the entire male population will stand before the Lord Yahweh. " ( two )

0.1. Church Guided by the Holy Spirit.

So reads the catechism of the Catholic Church in Canon 767: "After the work the Father had entrusted to the Son to accomplish on earth, the Holy Spirit was sent on Pentecost to sanctify the church permanently."

"It was then that the" church manifested publicly before the crowd and began to spread the Gospel through preaching. " Being "call" of all men for salvation, the Church is by its very nature missionary sent by Christ to all people to make them disciples.

"To accomplish the mission, the Holy Spirit" endows and directs the church through the various hierarchical and charismatic gifts. " Therefore, the Church enriched with the gifts of its Founder and striving to faithfully observe the charitable precepts, humility and selflessness, received the mission to proclaim the kingdom of Christ and of God and establish it in all people; this Kingdom it is on earth the seed and beginning ".

0.2. Church Mystical Body of Christ.

There is much confusion in the minds of the people regarding the concept of church. The most beautiful concept that I think is the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church as the Mystical Body of Christ, is incorruptible, infallible, perfect in every way !.0.3. Church HierarchyOpponents criticize the church for its rigid structure. But, between us, in every organization there are flaws, just imagine if there was a hierarchy?Pope, bishops and priests, all united in one ideal: the ideal of Jesus Christ, the ideal of the Kingdom of God!

0.4. Visible Church.

Church, not the bricks and clay, but all the people. The people of God on pilgrimage on this earth. This is the visible church. Church on walk into the sky!Conclusion: The most important thing is we follow, day by day, in the footsteps of Jesus and His commandments. All he left, comes down, "LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL AND THE NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF !!!. This is the highest law. It sums up the true love of God for us, and we for Him and our neighbor.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, the love of the Father and of the Son, who guides the church from the great and magnificent moment of Pentecost. Let's check in the book Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2, verses 1-4: "When the day of Pentecost, they were all together in one place. Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the blowing of a strong wind, and it filled the house where they were. They appeared then a like tongues of fire which spread out and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. "

Read and meditate on the Bible, especially the New Testament, consisting of the gospels, the apostolic letters and the Apocalypse.And the most difficult to put all this into practice. It's difficult, but not impossible!. Start slowly, setting small goals, and over time, gradually increase it up to the ideal spot.

Above all, the sacramental experience. The sacraments are visible signs of God's grace; They are considered the foundation of the Church of Christ !. Above all, confession (reconciliation) and the Holy Eucharist.

A Holy Sunday to all (the) and that the Holy Spirit of God, send them from heaven always in profusion, their largesse, protecting them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.Amém, Amen, Amen! .

(*) Antoni BigCuore. Author's Friend Well and Communicator of Jesus Christ of the Gospel to the entire planet. Access and disclose his BLOG BEM VIVER -  LIVE WELL BLOG: (self, homeostatic spirituality and healthy living) (original text 09.05.2008 and changes: 10.06.2011 and 05.23.2015).
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