There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 12:4
Dear Parish Family,
Today we celebrate the gift of God’s Spirit on the followers of Jesus. As we heard in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, they were all in one place together. Assuming this
was the upper room where they celebrated Passover the night before Jesus died, this was also the same room where they had locked the doors for fear of the Jewish authorities.
Today we heard how God’s Spirit helped them to change dramatically. The door was now unlocked and wide open as they fearlessly spoke of the mighty acts of God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. God’s Spirit breathed new life into the follow- ers of Jesus and nothing, not even persecution, was going to stop them from inviting others to join them in this new life; a new life which encourages its members to repent, to reform, and to change their ways.
Today marks the end of the Easter Season—a 50 day celebration of the new life which God gave Jesus. Today is also the birthday of our Church. Today we celebrate how God breathed new life into the world as He shared His Spirit with the disciples of Jesus. It is this same Spirit which we also received through our baptism, a Spirit which encourages us to never be afraid to repent, to reform, to change our ways and to show the world that we are all loved by God.
Congratulations to our young people who will be celebrating the gift the Holy Spirit in a new and special way in the Sacrament of Confirmation during a liturgy at 2:00 this Sunday. They are not the future of the Church. They are the Church. Let us pray that they will be very involved in service in our parish and in our community.
In the Word,
First Reading — Filled with the Holy Spirit, the apostles begin to speak in tongues (Acts 2:1-11).
Psalm — Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Psalm 104).
Second Reading — There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13) or Galatians 5:16-25.
Gospel — As the Father has sent me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:19-23) or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15.
Readings for the Week
Mon: Jas 3:13-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 9:14-29
Tues: Jas 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-11a, 23; Mk 9:30-37
Wed: Jas 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-11; Mk 9:38-40
Fri: Jas 5:9-12; Ps 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12; Mk 10:1-12
Sat: Jas 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-3, 8; Mk 10:13-16
Sun: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22;Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20