Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap
Today is the Solemnity of Pentecost! It is the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon a frightening Church who, in John’s gospel, is aptly described as one who is sheltering herself with “doors being shut … for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19).
The Lukan account, as found in the Book of Acts, gives a different picture of the expectant Church. It shows that up till thetime of Pentecost the Church was busy in ordering her hierarchical structure in view of the universal ministry Jesus entrustedto her before he ascended into heaven. In fact the Book of Acts tells us that after “the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty)” (Acts 1:15) “prayed” (verse 24) and “cast lots for them” (Matthi’as and Joseph called Barsab’bas, who was surnamed Justus) (verse 26) Matthi’as was chosen to take the place of Judas and “was enrolled with theeleven apostles” (verse 26). Continue reading “Fount of All Mercy”