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Below are the most recent articles from http://www.biblista.net for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

“Pentecost” was originally a Jewish feast that celebrated the giving of the Law at Sinai fifty-days after the liberation from Egypt. It was on this particular feast that — as Luke narrates — the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church. As Jesus was anointed by the Spirit at the beginning of his ministry, so too, the Church begins her life as the Body of Christ, under the power of the Spirit. The gospel reading from John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 focuses on the meaning of the event of the coming of the Spirit for the Christian.
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In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Catholics are often dumbfounded when asked “How can one be three; how can three be one”? The fact is that in the created universe, one cannot be three nor can three be one. But that the one God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit is something that belongs to a wholly different order. Here mathematics does not enter, since mathematics is for quantitative beings. In God there is no quantity. Even the phrase “one God” is not a mathematical expression, but a metaphoric one. Strictly speaking, we cannot say there is “one God” since God cannot be counted. We count the pencils on the table, or the bottles in the refrigerator; but we cannot count God. We can only affirm something about God. But when God Himself reveals that He is “One” yet He is also Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then we can only bow to Him in faith, for we know that He does not lie.
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Led by the Spirit, Children of God

In Romans 6-8, Paul discusses how the justification received in Christ has consequences for the Christian’s life. Within this discussion where Paul shows that by baptism (a) the Christian has been united with Christ in death, (b) freed from the Law (c) placed under the power of the Spirit (d) for an inheritance of glory, the Apostle to the Gentiles underlines the relationship that the Christian now has with God. In Romans 8:14-17, we find Paul declaring the Christians “children of God”.

Consoler and Advocate

The Last Supper Discourse is Jesus’ last will and testament to his disciples. He leaves them but he will not leave them orphans since he will send them another Advocate. He wants however that his disciples love one another; by this love, people will know that they are his friends. Within the context of this “Farewell” theme, Jesus also tells his disciples how their life will be. It will be characterized by a continuing vital relationship with Jesus based on his word (John 15:1-17). It is at this point that Jesus tells his disciples how they will be treated by the world. If internally, the disciples’ existence will be characterized by communion in Jesus’ life and love, externally, they will be exposed to the hatred of the world. But whether internally or externally, the other Advocate will be there to cement them together as one (cf. John 17) and in the face of a death-dealing world, will vindicate them.
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Ang Hiwaga ng Banal na Sangtatlo

Utos ng Panginoon na bautismuhan ang lahat sa Ngalan ng Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo. Ang utos na ito’y isasagawa ng Kanyang Iglesya hanggang sa katapusan ng daigdig (t. 20). Ang bawa’t Kristiyano ay bininyagan upang makibahagi sa buhay ng Diyos. Ito ang kagustuhan ng Ama, na binigyang katuparan ng Anak na ibinigay sa atin ang kanyang Espiritu upang kahit tayo ay makatawag sa Ama ni Hesus na “Abba.”
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Ang Hininga ng Panginoon

Ang Kapistahan ng Pentekostes ay pagdiriwang ng mga Judio kung saan inaalala nila ang pagbibigay ng Batas sa bundok ng Sinai. Para sa mga Kristiyano ito ay araw ng pagbaba ng Banal na Espiritu, ang “kapangyarihan mula sa Kaitaasan”, sa mga alagad. Ang Banal na Espiritu na siyang bumaba kay Jesus nang siya’y binyagan ng Bautista ay bumaba rin sa mga alagad upang magampanan nila ang kanilang misyon bilang mga saksi: “ang pagsisisi at kapatawaran ng mga kasalanan ay dapat maihayag sa lahat ng mga bansa sa kaniyang pangalan, simula sa Jerusalem” (Lukas 24:47).
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John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
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1526But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.
27And you shall give testimony, because you are with me from the beginning.
1612I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now.
13But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you.
14He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you.
15All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. Therefore I said, that he shall receive of mine, and shew it to you.
Romans 8:14-17
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14For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father).
16For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God.
17And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.
John 15:1-17
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1I am the true vine; and my Father is the husbandman.
2Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3Now you are clean by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you.
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
6If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and case him into the fire, and be burneth.
7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.
8In this is my Father glorified; that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples.
9As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you.
10If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father's commandments, and do abide in his love.
11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.
12This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
13Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.
15I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you.
16You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17These things I command you, that you love one another.

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