Every year we celebrate the feast of  Pentecost. Then what is so special about the  Pentecost of   2022? As we know, many preachers and priests across the  world have been  telling us about   the urgency of  getting the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They call on  us to prayerfully prepare for this great event. Unless the  Holy Spirit  had  convinced them of the urgent  necessity of  exhorting   the faithful about this, they  would not have  done so.

The days ahead are difficult ones when we will find it  hard to discern truth from falsity, because  the devil has been  greatly successful in presenting what is true as false and  what is  false as true. And the gift of discernment  comes with the Holy Spirit.

John the Apostle had written a  verse to contemplate for every Pentecost. But the  relevance of this verse is more  in the year 2022 because  its  number is also 20:22. Let us read it.

‘When he had  said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (Jn 20:22). 

It is not a call limited  to the  disciples alone. It is equally applicable to us and we need to prepare ourselves for it with  prayer and  penance.

Let us pray: ‘ Come, Holy Spirit, and fill us  with your wisdom to  discern the truth’