May 14, 2016
Pentecost Sunday - C (May 15, 2016)
Receive the Holy Spirit, Forgive
The last sentence of this Gospel passage gives us one main identifications of the Holy Spirit, namely the power to forgive sins.
Here, the Risen Christ empowers the disciples with the gift of the Holy Spirit when he sends them just “as the Father sent” him.
Where there is the Holy Spirit, there is forgiveness. And where there is forgiveness, there is peace, the peace of the Risen Christ.
In other words, when a disciple of Jesus forgives, that disciple witnesses to the presence of the Holy Spirit. In this way, the disciple continues the mission of Jesus – to bring peace to the world.