Gospel Reflection for May 19, 2013, Pentecost

13 May

Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.  If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

John 20.22-23

The risen Christ sends us out into the world, empowers us with the Holy Spirit, and calls us to use our power according to his way and not the world’s.  We are to listen and let go of control when we are powerful.  We are to speak and act when we are powerless.  Equally important is our challenge to intervene against injustice: we are to find ways for the Holy Spirit to empower those who are oppressed and powerless to speak the truth and to challenge those who are powerful to be silent and listen.

How can you move the people in your work, your family, or your ministry toward Pentecost?

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