My starting point for this weekend is the last verse of the Gospel. We understand that the Church is always considered this the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance. But I want to focus on the first part of this last verse. Why did Jesus breath on them first?
I think to answer that we have to go back to the second chapter of Genesis: “Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Remember this. It comes up again later in the homily. After the fall of Adam and Eve, we became… half dead! And it wasn’t until Jesus Resurrection that we were able to come fully alive. In my estimation, that forces another question: are YOU fully alive? We have been baptized, and most of us have received Confirmation, which is the release of the Holy Spirit in our lives, but has it changed us? As I have listened to the Confirmation homilies from both Archbishop Curtiss and Archbishop Lucas, over the past years they have been consistent in saying that the Holy Spirit comes to …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts