Gospel Reflection for June 4, 2017, Pentecost

Scripture Readings: Acts 2.1-11; 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13; John 20.19-23 This weekend the Church celebrates Pentecost, the climax of the Easter season and the birthday of the Christian community. In Acts, Luke describes 120 disciples awaiting the Holy Spirit. They have no cell phones for messaging, no practiced words for public speaking, no organizational flowContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 4, 2017, Pentecost”

Gospel Reflection for May 15, 2016, Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Readings: Acts 2.1-11, 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13; John 20.19-23 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20.21) Pentecost is an event not only about the miracle of fiery tongues for Jesus’ disciples. It is also the miracle of the ear for all those from aroundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 15, 2016, Pentecost”

Pentecost

“All of us have been given to drink of the same Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12.13 Let taking deep breaths and drinks of water remind you this week to pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of us all.”      

Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 2.1-11; 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13; John 20.19-23 “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 19.23) To send his friends forth with the good news of Easter, Jesus breathes the Spirit on the communityContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday”

The Holy Spirit is hope in us this Pentecost

Read aloud these words of our sister Joan Chittister. Thank the Holy Spirit forĀ  dwelling within you, speaking through you, showing God’s face in you. The Holy Spirit moves us to new heights of understanding, to new types of witness, to new dimensions of life needed in the here and now. The static dies underContinue reading “The Holy Spirit is hope in us this Pentecost”

Gospel Reflection for December 7, 2014, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 “One more powerful than I will come after me.” Mark 1.7 Like the prophet Elijah, John the Baptist haunt the wilderness. Like Elijah, who discovered God speaking not in storms and lightning but in silence, the Baptist in the silence of his wilderness lifeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 7, 2014, 2nd Sunday of Advent”