Sunday

31 May 2020

Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle A

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11  The Holy Spirit arrives, bringing a new kind of language into the world.

Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34  The Spirit of God comes to change the face of the earth.

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13  One Spirit brings a harvest of many gifts.

John 20:19-23  The forgiveness of sins is available through the Spirit’s power.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

From one to many and back to one. That’s how the readings for Pentecost Sunday describe the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Exploring the word

Finding the right words

These days, it’s not enough to say what you mean. If you really want to communicate, you also have to frame your idea in such a way that it will be embraced by the audience you wish to reach. This involves being sensitive to things like inclusive language and multicultural idioms, not to mention local concerns and bilingual accommodations.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

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Homily stories

A little taste of heaven

I must’ve been about 10. Maybe 11. It’s funny how details such as our age don’t matter when we 've been changed. I don’t even remember what was going on my life. I do remember that life at home was difficult.

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Homily stories

You can, you can, you can

When I think of Pentecost I think of teaching my younger daughter to ride her bike. It was about this time of year many years ago that she was ready to try riding without training wheels.

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Homily stories

Listen up

A roomful of disgruntled citizens—parents, teachers, students—sat around the table with big shots from city hall for a “listening session.”

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Homily stories

Keep on walking

At the wake of the priest who had died suddenly, I overheard among those standing around sadly that they felt he had “walked the talk.” That is an interesting expression.

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Jesus was one with God. In prayer we ask for greater unity with Christ.

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Quotes

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.

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