There is a contrast between the boldness (courage) of the Apostles shown in Pentecost, [specially Peter].And the Fear of the Apostles shown during Jesus arrest, passion, crucifixion, and after Jesus resurrection.
and the gospel says that Peter was cut through the heart
Lesson #7 holy spirit life of church
The Holy Spirit
in the Life of the Church
The Holy Spirit brings us God’s Life through the Church
Lesson # 7
The Holy Spirit in the Life of
The Holy Spirit makes us holy, by uniting us to Christ
He puts us in union with Christ through the Church, in the
Liturgy, and the sacraments.
By the Power of the Holy Spirit, the sacraments give us
Grace helps us to become Holy, and enable us to love with
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
While still on earth, Jesus promised that after He
ascended into Heaven, He will send the HOLY SPIRIT
40 days after Jesus had risen from the dead, He
returned to his Father in Heaven.
The Apostles then, went back to Jerusalem,
The Lord commanded the apostles no to leave
Jerusalem, until received the Promise of the Father :
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, Jesus told his
the HOLY SPIRIT would give them power to be his
witnesses in Jerusalem, and even to the end of the earth.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
After Jesus ascend to heaven, the Apostles and Mary, mother
of Jesus, gather in the upper room in Jerusalem to Pray
And await the coming of the Holy Spirit, the one who Jesus
The day on which the Holy Spirit came to de Disciples, as
Jesus promised, is known as PENTECOST.
Acts of Apostles 2:1-4
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they
were all together in one place;
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven,
as of a mighty wind coming,
and it filled the whole house where they were
And there appeared to them parted tongues as it
were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them:
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
and they began to speak with diverse tongues,
as the Holy Spirit enable them to proclaim.
Acts of Apostles 2:5-8
Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men,
out of every nation under heaven.
they were amazed and astonished, saying: “Are not all
these who are speaking Galileans?
And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native
And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one
another, “What does this mean?”
But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice
and began bolding (bravery) proclaiming the Gospel.
He refuse and opposed to those who say that the
apostles were drunk.
Peter told them up right, that what they see and hear is
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The Power of the Holy Spirit
After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the
apostles were fill with boldness (courage).
At first, they had been a timid and fearful group:
They had run away when Jesus was
arrested, tried, and put to death.
1) when Jesus was captive for his enemies, in
the Garden of Gethsemane, all the Apostles
run for their lives.
2) While waiting in the court yard, during the Trial
of Jesus, Peter deny even knowing Jesus.
3) Later, when Jesus appeared to the Apostles
after raising from death, they were gather in a
lock room out of fear.
The Holy Spirit filled them
Soon , with the help of the Holy Spirit, they become
strong and fearless.
The Holy Spirit filled them with the fire of faith and the
courage to proclaim the Good News of the risen Christ.
Before, they did not know, how to speak about
God, but now Peter and the Apostles know exactly what
Peter began to preach to the crowds, He told them that
what they had seen and hear was the Holy Spirit;
And that Jesus was the Lord and Messiah,
◦ He had worked amazing wonders and deeds;
◦ And he had been raised from the dead by God the Father.
◦ And now Jesus had sent the Holy Spirit, as he promised.
Pentecost the birth of the Church
Peter’s proclamation of Jesus was very powerful.
The Gospel says that Peter was cut through the
That the crowd asked Peter: “What do they have to
do to be save.”
Peter said to them:“Repent and be baptized, every
one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift
of the Holy Spirit” (Acts of Apostles 2:38)
So those who received his word were
Baptized, and that day were added, about 3000 souls.
The fact that there were so many, shows the Holy
Spirit’s mighty works in Pentecost.
It is the reason why Pentecost is called the Birth of
When we say Pentecost is the birthday of the
we don’t mean that the church, all of
suddenly, began to exist.
Indeed, The life of the Church began before
at the moment Christ offer his life for us, on the
cross, and reconciled us to God.
Pentecost is not the day of the Life of the
but the day, its existence was made know to all
people, through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church came into being when Christ died
on the Cross,
but it was formally inaugurated on
Pentecost, when He sent the Holy Spirit as He
The birth of the Catholic Church
The Holy Spirit was at work through the
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, 1000’s of
people change their lives:
1. They were baptized
2. Their sins were forgiven.
3. They share in the gift of the Holy Spirit.
4. They receive God’s Grace
5. The Holy Spirit made them one in their love for God
and one another.
They were the first Christians of the Catholic
◦ They live together in fellowship and prayer
◦ Participate of the Eucharist
◦ Share their possessions and cared for the needy as best
as they could.
In all, what they say, and what they did, they
were the presence of Jesus Christ in the earth.
What is Church?
The Church is the community of all those, who
believe in Christ and are Baptize.
But to be a Christian is not just to believe in Jesus
Christ. ..We must give witness to Christ in all that we
say, and do.
When people see us, they should see the Power of
the Holy Spirit and Christ working in our lives. If they
see it, they come to believe, too.
Just as 3000’s became member of the Church in
Pentecost through baptism.
We too, became members of the Church when we
Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we share Christ
death and Resurrection. (A Sacrifice that reconcile us
The Holy Spirit the Soul of the Church
In Baptism, all our sins are forget away, by the
power of the Holy Spirit
a) We are filled with GOD’S LIVE, and the gifts of the Holy
b) We become Children of God, and members of Christ
Mystical Body: THE CHURCH.
The Holy Spirit is the Soul of the “Mystical Body of
The Church is the Mystical body of Christ .
And the Holy Spirit gives life to the Body of Christ:
Thus one reason, why we must participate on the
Liturgy and Sacraments, to receive God’s life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT brings us GOD’S LIFE
through THE CHURCH