and said to them, “Peace be with you.” At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, The risen Lord has been exalted to his rightful place next to God, and he has sent his Spirit to fill the earth with God’s power. Sweet refreshment here below; When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? How manifold are your works, O Lord! Most likely, the authority here given to the disciples is much broader than this. Pentecost Sunday . Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, Gospel Reading John 20:19-23 17 November-05:00b 2020 8 NOVEMBER 2020: THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Breaking with the geographical sweep, Luke also includes the center of the Roman empire. Was it all 120 people mentioned in Acts 1:15, or only the twelve apostles (Acts 2:14)? You, the soul’s most welcome guest; as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23. Today it celebrates the dramatic inbreaking of the time of fulfillment. of the mighty acts of God.”, Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34. or: R. Alleluia. Just as the Gospel accounts reinterpret the significance of the meal celebrated on Passover by telling the story of Jesus instituting the Eucharist, so the Acts of the Apostles reinterprets the significance of the feast of Pentecost, making it a celebration of the gift of the Spirit to the Church. The great gathering. As a conclusion to the list, western-most and eastern-most. The Greek text does not use gender-specific language, so we cannot say that it was a gathering made up exclusively of men (which would indicate the latter); in fact, the later reference to the Joel passage in Acts 2:17-18 suggests it was not. Jesus came and stood in their midst Psalm 99 (VU p. 819) God is a ruler who delights in justice. 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. The commentaries for the Readings for Pentecost are from Sunday proper. The apostles’ speaking in tongues is ecstatic prayer in praise of God, interpreted here as speaking in foreign languages. Individual religious devotion is swept up into communal divine revelation. And suddenly there came from the sky . R. Alleluia. The locked doors protected the disciples from those who had some part in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. 2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. which parted and came to rest on each one of them. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Note the change in attitude of the crowd: they go from confused to astounded to amazed. LOOKING TOWARD PENTECOST, Sunday, May 31, 2020 I am so excited about Pentecost, that I’m about to burst. He is the same man who was crucified, but now he has risen. Inspired by the beauty of the Divine Office and the extraordinary holy life of St. Gemma Galgani, it started as a personal blog, known as “Psalms and the Pilgrim Daughter” and has grown into a resource website that promotes the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. The Church is the Body of Christ, and it too is formed of many different members which are to work together for the benefit of the whole. Brothers and sisters: To proclaim Jesus as Lord was to set up a rivalry between the followers of Jesus and the ruling political authority. If we fail to share the gifts, the common good suffers. the earth is full of your creatures; [If the passage from Numbers is chosen for the First Reading, the passage from Acts is used as the Second Reading.] there are different forms of service but the same Lord; This Sunday’s Readings. On the evening of that first day of the week. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd. May 2020 PENTECOST SUNDAY Readings: L1 Acts 2:1-11; Ps 103:1ab & 24c, 29bc-30, 31 & 34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23. No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. ( Log Out /  22 NOVEMBER 2020: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. may the LORD be glad in his works! Bless the LORD, O my soul! And our inmost being fill! and began to speak in different tongues, Bend the stubborn heart and will; Bless the LORD, O my soul! Through the Spirit of God we are reconciled to one another, and then together we spend ourselves for the common good. Hymn Suggestions for the Lenten Season- 2020. who produces all of them in everyone. On the evening of that first day of the week, The evening of the first Easter Sunday; Sunday is “the first day of the week.”. Today’s first reading is the amazing story of the first Christian Pentecost. Strangers assemble to fulfill personal obligations, and they experience a phenomenon that bonds them together for life. Almighty ever-living God, who willed the Paschal Mystery to be encompassed as a sign in fifty days, grant that from out of the scattered nations the confusion of many tongues may be gathered by heavenly grace into one great confession of your name. If you think that these gifts have overlapping and interchangeable meanings, you will realize through these Posts that they are actually different from each other. they were all in one place together. or: and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. they were all in one place together. a noise like a strong driving wind, “Peace” is usually used in English translations, as it is here, but it does not connote the rich meaning. and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, The Greek word Pentecost means “fiftieth day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. You are clothed with majesty and glory, robed in light as with a cloak. Furthermore, because the Roman government was involved in the death of Jesus, such a challenging claim would place those who made it at great risk for their lives. Why do we refuse to forgive or to be reconciled? It is our fervent prayer that by God’s grace, we will be “The Best Catholic” we can ever become. As we approach Pentecost Sunday, I am sharing with you some readings and a poem. This appearance account treats the resurrection and the bestowal of the Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus as having occurred on the same day. Why is there to little peace, or comfort, or solace? That being said, it’s not clear who was in the room when the Spirit descended. when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, Mary did as she was instructed. This language describes the activity of a judge, who decides whether a defendant is bound to the consequences of the charges or loosed from them. 17 November-05:00b 2020 15 NOVEMBER 2020: THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Pentecost. Each part has its unique function, but all parts work for the good of the whole, and each part is dependent upon the others. Please feel free to use them if they help you, saying where they are from. The Best Catholic Daily Mass Readings. Nothing good in deed or thought, R. Alleluia. (A week of weeks is forty-nine days, but if you count both ends (as the Semites did), it comes to fifty.). Sunday Readings May 31 2020 (A) Pentecost Sunday ( A) Martin McNamara May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020. but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. This underscores the mysterious character of Jesus’ risen body: it is not impeded by material obstacles. THE SPIRIT: HOPE FOR A NEW WORLD. And suddenly there came from the sky At last the plan of salvation has been brought to conclusion. Pentecost Sunday – 31 May 2020 Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1+24, 29-30, 31+34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 Theme: Faith, fear and fire. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, May 31, 2020, Catholic Daily Readings 2020 for Pentecost Sunday Nothing free from taint of ill. They are also the perfect way to find time in your day for spiritual reflection. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, There is a beautiful play on the Hebrew word ruah which is the same for “breath”, “wind”, and “spirit”. In addition to a wish for peace, it was also a prayer for the eschatological blessings of health, prosperity, and all good things: completeness, perfection, a condition in which nothing is lacking. both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs. The coming of the Holy Spirit ushered in a new era for the people of God; from that point on, the apostles carried the message of Christ to the whole world. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 We are all one in Christ Jesus. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Final Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11. The Best Catholic website is under the patronage of the Mother of Jesus, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (“The Little Flower” and Doctor of the Church), and St. Gemma Galgani (“The Gem of Christ”). Today we hear of Jesus’ first appearance to the apostles after his resurrection. For fifty days, the Church has exalted in the glory of the resurrection of Jesus, shouting, “The Lord is risen” and “He is risen indeed.” “This is … Here we have to understand that Paul was not talking about catechumens who had not yet been baptized but about believers and unbelievers.” [Saint John Chrysostom (A.D. 392), Homilies on the First Epistle to the Corinthians 29,3]. Other examples: Thunder accompanied God’s revelation at Sinai (Exodus 19:16); God spoke to Job from the whirlwind (Job 38:1), and to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:2). Lent FB Banner. First Reading Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 The Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles gathered in Jerusalem. She told Peter and John, who ran to the tomb and discovered only burial cloths. 1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, That is exactly what has happened on this first Pentecost: the Holy Spirit has come upon the apostles and they are suddenly and miraculously able to preach to all nations. From the fields it came: the first sheaf of barley cut for that year’s harvest. and began to speak in different tongues, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”. After this passage, in verse 15, Luke specifies that there were 120 people in the same house! Shed a ray of light divine! as well as travelers from Rome, 1st Reading – ACTS 2:1-11. We are immersed in the vigor of the Spirit of God; all we have to do is open ourselves to it and the reign of God will be born in our midst.”  [Dianne Bergant, Preaching the New Lectionary, Year A]. a noise like a strong driving wind, And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit Learn how your comment data is processed. Recall that just before his ascension, Jesus told the apostles: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, “The answer is yes! If the reading seems familiar, that’s because it’s part of the gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Easter every year. Readings for Sunday, May 31, 2020 Pentecost Sunday AS WE GATHER What can “top” the story of Easter? Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, R. Alleluia. Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. Firstly, a reading from my book The Bible Retold . Wind and fire are traditional symbols for the presence of God; this would have been very obvious to Jews who knew their scriptures. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? Entrance Antiphon: (Wisdom 1:7) “The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.” or (Romans 5:5; cf. Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.11-13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Give them virtue’s sure reward; Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. External manifestations of God’s presence are known as theophany. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Acts 2:1-21 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. And when he had said this, he breathed on them. Your email address will not be shared! “If no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit, what can we say about those who do name His name but do not have the Spirit? yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues Pentecost is also a Jewish holiday, which the Jews use to celebrate the end of Passover. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; The loud noise of wind mentioned earlier draws a crowd. as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Apparently the disciples recognized him immediately. The Spirit of God blew over the waters at creation (Genesis 1:2) and rushed upon David at his anointing (1 Samuel 16:13). is given for some benefit. In John’s gospel, the coming of the Holy Spirit occurs at this first appearance, rather than fifty days later as it does in Acts (Acts 2:1-13). Readings: June 7, 2020 The Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityOut of concern for the health and well First Reading: Exodus 34.4b-6, 8-9 The Lord, a God merciful and gracious. No one would make such a bold claim were it not for the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost also celebrates the birth of our Church. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire. of the mighty acts of God.”. Why do we continue to make distinctions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, woman and man — distinctions that favor one at the expense of another? 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