There is a very interesting line in the Second Reading of today’s Mass. St Paul when writing to the Corinthians says “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean? I think it means that the spirit moves, influences and guides us to the truth, and that truth is Jesus.  When we can feel the presence of God in prayer or in nature or anywhere, that’s through the influence of the Holy Spirit.  Of course we can ignore it or deny it, but why would we want to deny something so beautiful?

In today’s Gospel the Disciples are afraid, they have locked the doors of the upper room for fear of being found, and they are worried because Jesus’s body had disappeared from the tomb.  Then Jesus suddenly appears in the room with them, and what are his first words?

Peace be with you

And what was the disciples response?

“The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you’ “

This should be our response to Jesus, peace and joy, even in the struggles of life we can always turn to our Lord, because with him is the peace that the world cannot give, it’s a deep inner peace, a calm that the world and our troubles cannot touch.  All we have to do is trust in Him and allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit.  One question could be how are we led by the Holy Spirit? Certainly through living the teachings of mother church and through Holy Scripture, and of course through the Sacraments, regular Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  In this way we become more susceptible and open to the promptings of the Spirit.  So of this great feast of Pentecost let’s pray to Jesus to open us up to the Spirit so that we may live more fully in his Peace and his Truth.