No Argument There!

... He breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit'

John 20:22
Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1,24,29-31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

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Pentecost Sunday, C

The late comedian Henny Youngman, famous for his “one liners,” celebrated his ninetieth birthday at a party given by a host of relatives, friends and media persons …

During an interview at the party, the first question asked was, “To what do you attribute your longevity?” Without missing a beat, the comic replied, “Breathing.”

No argument there: no breath, no life.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus answers the question of how to achieve spiritual longevity, so to speak.

It is the first Easter Sunday and the Risen Lord appears to the disciples saying, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me, I am sending you.” The Apostle John then tells us that Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus, the Bread of life, Jesus the Breath of life, breathes the Holy Spirit of God into our souls in order to sustain us spiritually. No argument there, either.

It is clear from the life and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels,…

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