The Mystery of Pentecost: «Beauty is nothing but the unveiling of a fallen darkness and the light that came out of it»

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

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THE MYSTERY OF PENTECOST: «BEAUTY IS JUST THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FALLEN DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT THAT HAS COME OUT OF IT»

«While the day of Pentecost was taking place, they were all together in the same place. A thunder suddenly came from heaven, almost a wind that blows impetuously, and filled the whole house where they were " [At 2,1].

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

stained glass window of the eighteenth century: The Holy Spirit

we close the long Easter period and the Marian month with the Pentecost feast. It is the descent of the Holy Spirit, as we know, on the Apostles and Disciples, therefore on all of us as Church. Of this beautiful bond between the Spirit and the Church, mother of all saints, Alessandro Manzoni wrote in his hymn The Pentecost:

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'Mother of ’Santi, image of the supernal city / of the incorruptible eternal conservative blood / You who, for many centuries / You suffer, fight and pray / that your tents unfold / from one to the other "

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These eternal verses by Manzoni they introduce us to a meditation on today's readings, of Pentecost as a life-giving mystery of prayer, communion and mission. Starting from the first reading where we read:

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«While the day of Pentecost was taking place, they were all together in the same place. A thunder suddenly came from heaven, almost a wind that blows impetuously, and filled the whole house where they were " [At 2,1].

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This being closed inside recalls our experience of quarantine lived in the period March-April last. If we imagine the scene, we see that the apostles are praying - during the Jewish Pentecost - closed in and the Spirit breaks out in the form of tongues of fire. Enter the hearts of the apostles who begin to speak all the languages ​​then known. The Holy Spirit / Love enters their hearts through prayer and this allows them to speak the universal language, world of love that knows no ethnic and cultural distinctions. Here, then, also for us the importance of prayer as an opening to a different gaze capable of re-reading the daily events that happen to us from a high and contemplative perspective.

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From the Pentecost prayer, then communion with God and neighbor comes. Indeed, St. Paul writes:

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«Nobody can say« Jesus is Lord!», if not under the action of the Holy Spirit. There are several charisms, but only one is the Spirit; there are several ministries, but only one is the Lord » [1 Color 12, 3-4].

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The Holy Spirit comes to Pentecost and gives us communion, as a unity in distinction. In fact, we all have a call to holiness, in which the Spirit helps to make us saints. This being united, does not remove the distinction in one's identity, to one's vocation and charismatic gifts; indeed it also indicates that the Lord created us unique and unrepeatable, with our talents, virtuosity and specialties and that we put them at the service of others, they become a moment of human and spiritual growth. At the same time, in being in communion with each other we recognize that Jesus is God in the profession of faith in the exercise of works of mercy, where we see Jesus in the poor needy. From this then it indicates that Pentecost is prayer and communion in view of a mission. Jesus says:

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"Peace be with you."! As the Father sent me, I also send you ". That said, he blew and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. To those to whom you will forgive sins, will be forgiven; to those you won't forgive, they will not be forgiven "» [GV 20,21].

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That blew in the Greek original would be "begotten the Spirit in them". So how the Eternal Father sends the Son and today the Holy Spirit, also send us grafted into them to continue this mission of propagation of the Truth and Forgiveness of sins. On one side, this forgiveness of sins recalls the Sacrament of Penance, entrusted to bishops and priests. On the other, It is important to note that God sends all the people of God to announce that forgiveness of sins is regeneration from a deep darkness, an exit from a state of isolation and distance from God.

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The poet Alda Merini wrote: «Beauty is nothing but the unveiling of a fallen darkness and the light that came out of it».

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We ask the Lord to be sent to Pentecost to show how great the embrace of the Trinitarian God is, to be ourselves that gift of beauty that spreads the light of the Risen Jesus.

So be it.

Rome, 31 May 2020

Solemnity of Pentecost

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