June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday

Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under Heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”

God wants to be heard, and He will make the impossible possible in order to do so.  The Holy Spirit came and drove out fear and filled the Apostles with zeal.  They all spoke in different languages so that all people could understand God’s Message.  It is amazing to think God has this power.  He defies status quo to reach His people.  We must allow the Hole Spirit to fill us because we have the potential to perform astounding acts for the Lord.

Reading 2 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13

Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
Who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.

As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. 

We all have the Holy Spirit in us working to bring more of God into the world.  We may judge others because they sin differently than us, but they also have different spiritual gifts.  We are all have various talents and passions, but we all thirst for the same Spirit.  We need to recognize that some people will be great at some things, but you will be better at others and vice versa.  Therefore, we need to do our part and perform well in the areas God wants us because we can serve better.  The Holy Spirit is in all of us that proclaim that Jesus is Lord, and He can unify us all under His Name.

Gospel Jn 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When He had said this, He showed them His Hands and His Side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Jesus gives peace.  We are all yearning and striving for peace.  The world is chaotic, and we all want an escape.  Jesus gives a different kind of peace.  This is the Holy Spirit, the Lover of our souls.  This peace surpasses anything the world has to offer because true peace isn’t the absence of problems but the Presence of Christ.




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