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Sunday Reflection for May 24, 2015
Solemnity of Pentecost
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Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 It was a very windy day in Jerusalem. Indoors. Spirit arrives!
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 The Spirit of the Lord makes the whole world new again.
Galatians 5:16-25 or 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 Lists of sorry worldly works contrast with lovely spiritual fruits.
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or John 20:19-23 The Risen Lord brings two gifts: peace and the authority to forgive sins.

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Windy, with a good chance of fire
Weather reports are notoriously unreliable. When it comes to the feast of Pentecost, however, we know just what to expect. A strong driving wind and an excellent probability of fire! At least, that’s what happened on the original Pentecost. But what might we expect this year, in 2015? A lot of parishes to which I’ve belonged over a lifetime have encouraged their parishioners to wear red in order to participate in the liturgical spirit of the feast. So I wear red. But what I’d rather see in the bulletin ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for May 23, 2015
EASTER WEEKDAY
Faith is not a competitive sport

In communities of faith, it can be hard not to compare yourself to others. Who’s holier? Who gives more time? Who has a deeper prayer life? Who cares more? The problem with these questions is that they aren’t productive; they only lead to judgment and division. Communities grow when you care for one another. A defining value of what it means to be Catholic, according to St. Mary’s Press, is a profound sense of discovering, experiencing, and responding to God in union with other believers—that is, within community. Why not ask how you can help another grow and how they can help you?

Today's readings:Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; John 21:20-25 (302). 
“There are also many other things that Jesus did. . . .”

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World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, May 24, 2015

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» Israeli plan for segregated buses is a bust – The risen Lord brings the gift of peace, we hear in this Pentecost Sunday gospel. In a sign that the gift of peace is sorely lacking in Israel, the government briefly implemented a program that mandated separate buses for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank. . . . More...
» Will more ruins be ruined by ISIS extremists? – Pentecost descended upon the gathered disciples as a strong driving wind and tongue of fire, we hear in this Sunday’s reading from Acts of the Apostles. Islamic State (IS) militants descended upon the Syrian city of Palmyra and threaten destruction to the city’s antiquities . . . More...
» Wage war on poverty – “May the LORD be glad in his works,” the psalmist proclaims this Sunday. Low-wage workers in Los Angeles had reason to be glad this week when L.A. became the third major West Coast city and the biggest in the U.S. to agree to raise the minimum wage . . . More...
» Target targets healthy foods – The wonderful fruit of the Spirit is highlighted in this Sunday’s reading from 1st Corinthians. Target Corp. is highlighting fresh fruit and a host of other organic, natural, and gluten-free foods in an effort to attract younger shoppers as the retail giant moves away from packaged . . . More...
Quote of the Week
"I could not have let them die, because they are also human beings, just like me. I am grateful to be able to save hundreds of lives."
—Razali Puteh, one of a group of Indonesian fishermen using their small boats to rescue migrants from an overcrowded trawler despite being told by Indonesian authorities not to pick up migrants even if they are drowning

The Indonesian villagers saving migrants

Fact of the Week

In the Least Developed Countries, 850 million people are illiterate; nearly two-thirds are women.


Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...