•                               Jesus had ordered his disciples not to leave the city until they receive power from on high. Sothey all remained together in prayertill the day of the Pentecost. We read in the Acts of the Apostles “But youwill receive power when the HolySpirit has come upon you; and youwill be my witnesses inJerusalem,and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).These words of Jesus were fulfilledon the day of Pentecost. On that dayMary, the mother of Jesus and all the disciples were together. And suddenly a sound came from heavenlike the rush of a mighty wind and itfilled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave themutterance (Acts. 2:2-4).
                              Being filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to speak indifferent tongues. There were Jews from every part of the world dwelling in Jerusalem in those days. Hearing theloud noise they all came out and to their surprise each one heard the apostles speakingin his own language. But some mockingly said: “They are filled with new wine.”(Acts2:13). But Peter standing with the eleven, addressed them, telling that they were not drunk as some of them suspected. It was rather the fulfillment of the prophecy of God that in the last days God will pour out His spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:1-17).
                              Those who listened to Peter on that day believed in Jesus and receivedBaptism. There were about three thousand persons added to their group on that day.Thus the Church was formed in Jerusalem The Lord added to their number everyday,people whom He wanted to be saved (Acts. 2:1-42). The disciples of the Lord, being filled with the Holy Spirit went to every part of the world and proclaimed the Gospel.


    The Work of the Spirit in the Early Christian Community


                           The community of the believers that was formed through the power and indwelling of the Holy Spirit was led by the Spirit. Whenever they faced opposition and persecution they prayed to the Lord. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and preachedthe Gospel with courage.

                           The active presence of the Holy Spirit in the early Church can be clearly seen in the activities of the apostles  We can see the Spirit directly leading the apostles, talking to them and helping them to take proper decisions. It is the Spirit who gives them clear instructions as to where they should go and what they should do (Acts 16:6). The Spirit dwells with them, strengthens them and makes them enthusiastic and cheerful  “Now inthe Church at Antioch… while they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”

    (Acts. 13:1-3). “So, being sent out by the HolySpirit they went down to Seleucia; and from therethey sailed to Cyprus.” (Acts : 13:4).

                          The non-Jews were accepted into theChurch for the first time after Peter had a vision during his prayer. As he was pondering over them eaning of his vision, the Spirit told him: “WhilePeter was still thinking about the vision, the spirit said to him, Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them”(Acts 10:19-20). Being thus led by the Spirit, Peter reached the house of Cornelius, agentile. He preached the Gospel to the people who were gathered there. While he was speaking, the Holy Spirit came upon them all and they all received baptism and became members of the Church.

    The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit


                                    The Church is the edifice built on Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. The Spiritbuilds it up by bestowing on it various gifts and fruits for its growth and fulfillment.


                                    The gift of the Holy Spirit varies from person to person. “To each is given themanifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit theutterance of wisdom and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the sameSpirit, to another faith by the same Spirit to another gifts of healing by the one spirit, toanother the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment ofSpirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. Allthese are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually Justas the Spirit chooses” (1 Cor. 12: 7-11).

                              St. Paul names the fruits of the Holy Spirit distributed among the believers.Theyare love, happiness, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, meekness, selfcontrol,endurance, chastity and moderation.All these are given by the Holy Spirit inorder to build up the Church and make it grow.

    The Holy Spirit Leads the Churches in

    Times of Persecution and Problems


                                             The Holy Spirit empowered the Church when she had to face problems and suffer persecution. Stephen, one full of faith and the Holy Spirit, was arrested by theJewish authorities because he boldly professed his faith in Jesus. Filled with the HolySpirit, Stephen dared to preach Jesus to the very authorities who ordered his arrest.They decided to stone Stephen to death. It was the Holy Spirit who strengthened Stephen to remain calm when those men rushed to him to stone him to death (Act: 7:54-60)The same Spirit led Saul, the one who was intent on persecuting the Church, to the conversion of heart .Acts 9) And he turned out to be Paul, a zealous preacher of the Gospel and a martyr for Christ.

    The Temple of the Holy Spirit


                              The Second Vatican Council (The Church 4) teaches us that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Church andin the hearts of the faithful as in a temple. This teaching is based on the words of St. Paul in the first Corinthians  “Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple”  (1 Cor. 3:16-17).  We are God's temples, because,God's Spirit dwells in us.We read in the scriptures how the risen Jesus gave his disciples the Holy Spirit by breathing on them (Jn. 20:22-23).

    To be Led by the Spirit


                                           To be led by the Spirit, we should live according to the promptings of the HolySpirit. We receive such promptings through the commandments of God, the laws of theChurch and the directions of our superiors. Our attitude to the Holy Spirit should be oneof submission and obedience. The Bible tells us that we should not grieve the HolySpirit. (1 Th es. 5:19). St. Paul, in the letter to the Romans, again speaks to us about the Holy Spirit: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a Spirit of adoption.When we cry, “Abba! Father!” It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God…”(Rom. 8: 14-16)

    The Spirit is Given through the Sacraments


                                          We receive the Holy Spirit through every sacrament that the Church administers.When we receive baptism, Gods' Spirit is poured into us and we become God's children. Again, when we are anointed by the holy oil, the Holy Spirit is infused into us in a special way and we are enabled to preach the gospel and live it out in our lives. We receive the Holy Spirit through the Holy Eucharistic celebration and communion.Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, weget back the divine life lost through our sins.Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of thesick, we receive healing, forgiveness of sins and strength to endurance pains.Through the HolyOrders the Holy Spirit gives the power to participate in the Lord's kingly, prophetic and priestly ministries and to minister to the people of God. In Holy Matrimony, the Spirit gives the gift to do the duties of married life.


                               The Church is the community of believers who are born through the Holy Spirit and constantly led by the Holy Spirit.We are being led by the Spirit when we listen to the Word of God, obey the commandments of God and receive the sacraments.

    Word of Godto Read and



    Rom. 8:9-17

    Word of God to Remember


    “You did not receive a Spirit of slavery to
    fall back into fear, but you have received a Spirit of adoption”
    (Rom. 8:15).

    Let us Pray


    O Lord Jesus, who promised us the Holy
    Spirit to walk us on the path of truth,help us to live by the promptings of the Spirit.

    My Resolution


    I will live by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

    To Think with the Church


    The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful, as in a temple.
    Through them He prays and bears witness to their adoptive sonship. He guides
    the Church to the fullness of all truth (Vat. II, The Church, No. 4).

    To Know the Mother Church


    The Nazranies lived a life that faithfully followed the traditions and life-style 'Mar Thomma Margam'.of the
    community founded by St. Thomas. They called the sum total of their life-style
    They believed that their Church possessed the
    authenticity, equality and nobility like any other Churches.