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Day of Pentecost (Year: B)

Sun 20th
May

Old Testament: Acts 2:1-11
Psalms: Ps. 103:, 24, 29-31, 34
Epistle: Gal 5:16-25
Gospel: John 15:26-27;16:12-15

Sunday Mass times

Sunday 8:00am 10:00am 6:00pm

Whats Happening

21st
May

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

The Monday after Pentecost will from now on be celebrated as the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. A decree was issued on Saturday 3rd March 2018, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Today's Gospel

The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of Pentecost.  At Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem, the event that marks the beginning of the Church.  The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today’s first reading.  The account in today’s Gospel also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples.  Yet the event in John’s Gospel takes place on Easter Sunday. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts - it is so we know that after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an Advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, John  reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace.  Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.  Jesus’ act of breathing the Holy Spirit upon the apostles mirrors God’s act of breathing life into Adam.  In fact, both the Greek and Hebrew words for “spirit” can also be translated as “breath.”  This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world.  The reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacramental life.  In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin and become a new creation in Christ.  In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God through the forgiveness of sins.  This reconciling presence is to be a way of life for Christians.  In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

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