After Easter (Post Resurrection)
"Receive The Holy Spirit"
by John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
The Paschal events-the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ-are also the
time of the new coming of the Holy Spirit, as the Paraclete and the Spirit of
truth (Jn 14,16-17). They are the time of the "new beginning" of the self-
communication of the Triune God to humanity in the Holy Spirit through the work
of Christ the Redeemer. This new beginning is the Redemption of the world: "God
so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (Jn 3,16).
Already... the gift of the Son expresses the most profound essence of God who,
as Love, is the inexhaustible source of the giving of gifts. The gift made by
the Son completes the revelation and giving of the eternal love: the Holy
Spirit, who in the inscrutable depths of the divinity is a Person-Gift, through
the work of the Son, that is to say by means of the Paschal Mystery, is given to
the Apostles and to the Church in a new way, and through them is given to
humanity and the whole world.
The definitive expression of this mystery is had on the day of the Resurrection.
On this day Jesus of Nazareth "descended from David according to the flesh," as
the Apostle Paul writes, is "designated Son of God in power according to the
Spirit of holiness by his Resurrection from the dead" (Rm 1,3-4). It can be said
therefore that the messianic "raising up" of Christ in the Holy Spirit reaches
its zenith in the Resurrection, in which he reveals himself also as the Son of
God, "full of power." And this power, the sources of which gush forth in the
inscrutable Trinitarian communion, is manifested, first of all, in the fact that
the Risen Christ does two things: on the one hand he fulfills God's promise
already expressed through the Prophet's words: "A new heart I will give you, and
a new spirit I will put within you,...my spirit" (Ez 36,26-27), and on the other
hand he fulfills his own promise made to the Apostles with the words: "If I go,
I will send him to you" (Jn 17,7). It is he: the Spirit of truth, the Paraclete
sent by the Risen Christ to transform us into his own risen image.
Source: Encyclical « Dominum et vivificantem » §23-24 (trans. © copyright
Libreria Editrice Vaticana rev.)
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