Celebrate the Holy Spirit this week

The Pentecost sequence is one of the most beautiful poems in the liturgy. Remind yourself how close the Holy Spirit is to you — inside you, beside you, on your side — by praying a part of the sequence every day this week. You can download it here or click on the image below. YouContinue reading “Celebrate the Holy Spirit this week”

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.”      

The Holy Spirit is hope in us this Pentecost

Read aloud these words of our sister Joan Chittister. Thank the Holy Spirit for  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 June 8, 2014, Pentecost

 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20.21 In this Easter appearance Jesus gives his friends a purpose that makes the passage a fitting Pentecost gospel. Jesus sends disciples as the Father sent him. He commissions them and us to continue hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 8, 2014, Pentecost”

Gospel Reflection for May 19, 2013, Pentecost

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 wayContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 19, 2013, Pentecost”