Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pentecost Sunday

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:60-61
Mass: Acts 2:1-11; Resp Ps 104; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17; Sequence Veni, Sancte Spiritus; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26

How manifold are your works, O Lord!

Our liturgy is rich. We are blessed indeed. Jesus breathes on us and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and who sins you retain are retained." The love of God has been poured into our hearts through this Spirit of God dwelling within us. We burst with ALLELUIA! We go forth this day, strengthened by the Spirit. May we be open to the Holy Spirit who teaches us everything - how to forgive, how to love, how to build the Body of Christ and glorify God with the gifts bestowed upon us, for "to each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit". May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Ph 4:7). PEACE BE WITH YOU.

Holy Spirit, breathe into our hearts and let us inhale the tenderness of the Father. Breathe upon the Church, so that she may spread the Gospel with joy. Breathe upon the world the fresh restoration of hope.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, Pentecost 2019)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)

May we bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

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