Homily for Pentecost: Holy Fire Inside You

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

How do you describe the indescribable? How do you find words for your wedding day, cradling your newborn child in your eyes, beating that child at Wii bowling years later?

How do we find words for powerful spiritual experiences: glimpses of the divine?

What does John the Divine say when given an insight into the glories of heaven? No wonder the book of his Revelation is so strange… for words run out when we speak of God.

What could Peter say when in the presence of Moses, Elijah and his Master transfigured before him? Something nonsensical, no doubt…

When we speak of God, we are naturally rendered speechless, for nothing can truely speak of such power.

So, when power is brought down from on high, and the people of God are given a touch of the divine, what language can we use?

A mighty wind, a powerful storm, flames from nowhere which touched our very hearts and souls and enervated the confused, the weak, the indecisive, the ignorant and made them into the voice of the church, the powerful communicators of the word of God.

Strange language used to describe the indescribable.

And you may feel that its time has passed. You may think that God no longer does that. You may think that you will never experience anything like that… ever.

And yet… the flames of the Holy Spirit, can dwell within you. It begins with your baptism and is rekindled at each and every Mass. The flames of the Holy Spirit belong inside you…


That fire. That passion. That power which comes from the Lord can empower you.

Come Holy Spirit, and enkindle within us the flame of your love.

The fire of God is within you…