After mass this Sunday I was confused. Really confused. We hear two separate accounts of the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit. And then there is the account in Mathew of receiving power.
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Matthew 10:1 ►
And when he had called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
So my question is: "What is going on in John 20 when Jesus breathed on the disciples and told them to receive the Holy Spirit? Prior to this event, Jesus told them He could not send the Holy Spirit to them until after He returned to His Father. Then after this event He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. So what happened in John 20, how do we explain this, especially since it seems powers were given to the disciples in events like those described in Mathew 10?"
Im confused on this! Help! What is the Catholic understanding of this, or the understanding in general???