Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples

Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Acts 1:13-14, 2:1-4 NABRE
When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Life sharing and Reflection:
I would like to share, why Mother Mary is my role model for forgiveness.
There was a time when I was struggling with unforgiveness. My bitterness kept growing; I felt hopeless; relationships with those involved were getting sour and bitter. Though I did try to forgive, I kept failing. That’s when Mother Mary decided to come to my rescue.

I happened to go for just another ritual annual retreat. Not knowing the theme was forgiveness! During this retreat, I learnt how Mother Mary forgave. I never imagined that Mother Mary had to forgive anyone.

Can we love Jesus more than Mother Mary? I don’t think so!

When her beloved son, who she knew is holy and without sin, when this son is betrayed by a friend, denied by another friend and not one of these friends questioned or showed the least bit of courage to stand for her son, none of them – Mother Mary had to forgive all of them for betraying her beloved son.

What did she do? She imitated her son! At the foot of the cross, she saw a soldier piercing the heart of Jesus. The blood and water that gushed out of the heart of her son, healed the soldier! And today we know this soldier as St. Longinus.

Mary did imitate her son. She knew she too had to heal all those who pierced her heart. She forgave each and every disciple who came back after the crucifixion. She held them together.

Then on Pentecost, Mother Mary along with the forgiven disciples waited in prayer – her spouse and the promise of her beloved son – The Holy Spirit had to come! The Holy Spirit did descend on each and every person in that upper room.

So back to my story! When I realised how Mother Mary forgave and imitated her son, I was challenged to do the same. Sure enough her spouse did help me to forgive and experience healing and freedom. I was able to make peace with the people involved. Today, I share a very good relationship with each of the people I had to forgive. In fact, it’s better than before! Thanks to our helper and counsellor, the Holy Spirit.


  • Do we try to imitate Mother Mary, in forgiving and upholding those who hurt us in our prayers?
  • Do we try to imitate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to become a blessing to those who pierce our hearts?
  • Do we seek the help of the Holy Spirit when struggling with unforgiveness

Lord Jesus, your sacred heart teaches us to forgive and heal all those who hurt us. But we are so imperfect Lord. Many times, we fail to imitate your sacred heart. Give us the grace to imitate your heart, which is burning with love for us. Holy Spirit, we need you. Remind us always, not to hold on to any bitterness. But to love all our brothers and sisters, including those who hurt us. Amen.

“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”
~ Ephesians 4:32 NABRE

Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Forgiveness

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One Response to Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples

  1. So inspired by your sharing! I never really thought about how much mama Mary had to forgive either. Amazing reflection.