Receive the Holy Spirit

John 20:22
John 20:19-23

Sermon Week/Year

Pentecost Sunday, B

One day, in the city of Basel Switzerland, the famous Swiss theologian, Carl Barth boarded a street car …

Barth took a seat next to a tourist in the city. The two men started chatting with each other.

“Are you new to the city?” Barth inquired. “Yes,” said the tourist. “Is there anything you would particularly like to see in the city?” asked Barth. “Yes,” said the tourist, “I would like to meet the famous theologian, Carl Barth,” was the reply. “Do you know him?” Barth answered, “As a matter of fact I do know him. I give him a shave every morning.”

The tourist got off the street car quite delighted. He went back to his hotel, saying to himself, “I met Carl Barth’s barber today.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, the Risen Christ appears to His closest disciples and breathes on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn. 20:22). Each Christian is a temple of the Holy Spirit, a person in whom the Christ…

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