Feast of Pentecost
Gospel: John 15,26-27;16,12-15
May 20, 2018
Liturgical Celebration 11:00 am
Homily of the Pontiff Samuel
Today we celebrate one of the most beautiful and important feasts of all Christianity: Pentecost, the feast of the “50 days” after Easter. Pentecost is an ancient feast, which the Jews already celebrated under the name of “Shavuot”, to thank God for the gifts of the Earth and, subsequently, for the gift of the tables of the Commandments that God gave to the commander Moses. Christians celebrate the 50th day after Easter to remember the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and the Virgin Mary, gathered in prayer in the Cenacle, the place where Jesus celebrated the Last supper of Easter on Holy Thursday together with His Apostles.
Pentecost is a great feast of Christianity and must be well understood. The Holy Spirit did not descend only at that time, once and for all, to never again manifest Himself over time. The Holy Spirit is alive and manifests Himself continually, just as He manifested Himself in history, to fulfil the revelation of Jesus, who preannounced the accomplishments concerning the times to come, but leaving to the Holy Spirit the task to bring such revelation to fruition, in order to give men the time and the way to “carry the burden” of such revelations, without being crushed by the greatness and profoundness of these revelations, because the mind, the heart and the spirit, if not adequately prepared, would not have been able to bear. Through the words of Jesus and the Holy Scriptures, we understand that these revelations would have taken place in a historical time that is different, subsequent, from that of the first Apostles; a time which refers to the last times of the history of Christianity. We have heard it, in the Gospel of today; before His Ascension, Jesus told them: «It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has reserved for his choice» – they were asking Jesus for the time of renovation of the Kingdom, and its definitive establishment- and Jesus said “it is not for you to know this”; but He consoled them and said: «but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end» (Acts 1:7-8). On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit actually descended upon the Apostles to give them the strength that Jesus has preannounced they would be given. And thanks to this strength, they could testify by means of those who have perpetuated the Gospel “up to the earth’s remotest end” (Acts 1:8). And this is what happened. But it wasn’t for those disciples and their successors, to know the times and moments that the Father had reserved for His choice (Acts 1:7) aimed to definitively restore the “Kingdom of Israel”, namely the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Peter, on the day of Pentecost, cites the prophecy of the prophet Joel, referring to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the new Era of the “end times”. Now we know well that the times lived by the first Apostles of Jesus represent the “first times” of Christianity, not the “last” ones. The “last times”, in which everything is fulfilled and manifested in the fullness, are the current times, those that we are living now. We understand it from what is written in the Holy Scriptures and from the warnings therein contained. And we have confirmation by the revelations that God, through His Spirit, has given in history, speaking through His little and humble messengers, those who have brought His Word, His announcement, His warnings, His admonitions to the world of good will. But men, in the course of history, did not want to fully accept and put into practice the warnings of Heaven, preferring to distance themselves from those revelations, so annulling them, just as it has been in the case of the Maiden of God, Maria Giuseppina Norcia, who revealed the New Jerusalem: those revelations have been defined and labelled as unacceptable, “doctrinally unacceptable”; and for this reason erased, forgotten and made forget.
We know that in this Land of Love, given by the Father to this humanity, there is the fulfilment of the revelation. In this Land of Love, the action and manifestation of the Holy Spirit is complete, total. The Lord has revealed that this is the “New Jerusalem” (Rev 21:2-3), prepared for the Era of the “Holy Spirit”. This is the time when the words we have just heard in the Gospel, are fulfilling in the fullness. “When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness” (Jn 15:26), said Jesus, who added: “I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now”. And therefore, when would Jesus have told them these other things, since at that moment they were not able to bear that weight? “However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come” (Jn 16: 12-13).
Fifty days after Easter, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles to strengthen them, as we have said and as Jesus foretold to them. But the Father had reserved for these times, the task of announcing the things of the future, to those to whom the Father would have sent the Spirit of Truth, in the Time that the Father had established.
We now know that the Father has sent His Spirit here, in this Land of Love, to lead men to the complete Truth. And by means of the Spirit of Truth, at the behest of the Father, this Church has been established by the Father Himself, with the task of announcing to the whole world the fulfilment of the Father’s Plan of Salvation for humanity, and of bringing to understand the complete Truth. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said at that time: “He will glorify me, since all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine” (Jn 16:14). In this Church, Jesus is defended and glorified, and not insulted, sold‑off and treated the same way as other men or other religious philosophies, just as is happening in another house. And also from this, we should understand where the Spirit of Truth preannounced by Jesus is, the Spirit who would have taken from what is His, who will take from what is His, bringing it to the House in which that Spirit would be sent. Now, if this is announced and proclaimed in this House; and if another house has announced instead that everything is to merge into a mixture of religious philosophies where Jesus is no longer the first, where the primacy is no longer His, what does this make us understand? Is this the action of a Spirit who announces things taken from what is His, as Jesus had announced; or is the spirit of the other house announcing different things? This is the consideration that everyone is invited to make, in order to understand the profound meaning of the words that Jesus revealed.
Here is the revelation of God’s Maiden, Maria Giuseppina Norcia, who announced to the whole world, the “New Jerusalem”, the “Era of the Holy Spirit”: the Spirit of Truth, promised and announced, that Jesus, from the Father, has sent to this Land of Love.
But men, now as then, have not accepted the action of the Holy Spirit. They have blasphemed Him, despising the signs of His action, disavowing Him “on a systematic basis”. If men had accepted the revelations of the Spirit of the Father in history and had listened and practiced His admonishments and warnings, there would be one only Christianity, holy and total. Men would have converted …; those errors would have ended …; their heart would be restored and united again to the heart of God the Father Almighty …; and all that is now lived would not have been. If men, as a last resort, had accepted the revelations that the Lord gave in this Land to His Maiden – She who announced the “New Jerusalem” to the world – everything could have been. But since men, once again, have not accepted the living action of His Spirit, the Father, through the action of His Spirit, has founded His Church, re-founding it, renewing it, to bring however the Plan of Love and Redemption for humanity to completion.
In His Omniscience, the Father already knew everything. But what makes everything definitive – we must fully understand this – is the final action of men, who by virtue of freedom, irrevocable gift that the Father gave them, can decide to accept, until the very last moment, or not to accept His Will, until the Father will decide definitively. And in consequence to the choices of men, made in virtue of the freedom given to them, the Father is equally free to decide: and therefore to annul and renew what He had previously established. Here is the Covenant, renewed, re-established with the remnant of Israel, announced and preannounced already in the Old Testament, with which the Father has re-established His New Covenant.
So, now as then, rather than restore from the inside (so has happened at Jesus’ time) – namely to restore from the inside what already was (if Jesus had been accepted, this is the way it could have been) -, the Father now restores what must be restored, through His Church, this Church, animated and guided by His Spirit, who guides those who have remained faithful to Him, who did not apostatise from the true faith and have entrusted themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Immaculate of the Holy Spirit, that leads, from Heaven, the Celestial Army of the sons of Christ who want to defend the purity of faith from those who have betrayed Christ, from those who have sold‑off the primogeniture again, from those who are leading with deception, humanity into a new church, that does not come from the Father but where the name of God is used to implement human and personal purposes, which have nothing to do with the ultimate Will of the Father; and which distance the sons of God and the believers from the authentic teachings of Christ, overturning His Teachings and Commandments.
Therefore, we understand the heartfelt appeal that the Apostle John, through the power of the Holy Spirit, already then said – in less suspicious times we might say – announcing that a time would come when God’s sons would have been invited to leave that house, that the Apostle John called in cipher with the name of “Babylon”, “Babylon the great”, that cannot be generically, as someone affirms, “the world”, all what is world, because there are many references, related to “Babylon”, which lead to something else, not to the world, but to the Church. Here is that John, strongly, proclaims: “Come out, my people, away from Babylon, so that you do not share in her crimes and have the same plagues to bear. Her sins have reached up to the sky, and God has her crimes in mind”(Rev 18:4-5).
But God never abandons His sons. He invites them to go out, so that these sons may be welcomed and embraced, by She who has been called to be Mother. Here is this Mother Church, here is this Mother Land, here is this Land of Love, the Island, detached from the rest, because this is what the Father has wanted, the “White Island”, called to welcome all the survivors, all the “children” who want to remain sons of God, of Christ, in order to defend the purity of faith and keep His commandments and His teachings alive.
«Come, all of you, so to live and return to live the essence of Christianity, which in the living action of the Holy Spirit, is substance. The Love of Mary, the Immaculate of the Holy Spirit, will guide you to know the complete Truth and to announce to you the things that are to come, as Jesus had promised. Let yourselves be guided by His Love, by His living Love, Love made Person, who manifests and will manifest Himself in this Cradle to all those who, yearning to know the Truth, are seeking it with a sincere heart. Come, brothers and sisters: the Father awaits you. Come, refresh yourselves in the Heart of Mary, New Jerusalem. Come, embrace Her Heart, observe Her teachings, live Her Life, so to be renewed inside, so that many, from unbelievers, may return to believe and hope, and then live the one and only certainty: Christ, the One who saves, the One who heals, purifies and gives Life, so that His sons may return to be free and no longer slaves».
On this holy day, God’s sons address, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this live prayer to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And so be it.