The Holy Spirit is dwelling among us

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019    PENTECOST SUNDAY- SOLEMNITY

1)Acts 2:1-11 2) 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13  3)John 20:19-23

– Mass during the Day   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
.”


1) When did Jesus create Reconciliation sacrament?

Chúa Giêsu lập Bí tích giải tội khi nào?

2) How were the apostles’ attitude when Jesus died?

Thái độ các Tông đồ thế nào khi Chúa Giêsu chết?

3) What do you get when you stay with Jesus?

Bạn được gì khi ở với Chúa Giêsu?

FOCUS:   The Holy Spirit is here and dwelling among us.

     There are numerous paintings of the Pentecost scene. Often they artfully depict Mary and the Apostles, gathered in the Upper Room. Tongues of fire neatly appear on top of each head.

      But let us listen carefully to the Scriptures. In our first reading (Acts 2:1-4 and the passages that precede it), Luke depicts a much larger group of disciples – Mary and the Apostles (including the newly-chosen Matthias), men and women, young and old, all followers of Jesus – perhaps as many as one hundred and twenty (Acts 1:15). These were all followers of Jesus – they had witnessed his miracles, loved his message, grieved at his death and rejoiced at his Resurrection. They must have been bewildered.Jesus had promised to be with them always, but they felt very alone.  They were sticking together; they were crowded into a house, and they were praying

This was no quiet scene. 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.

     This Spirit had been promised by Jesus. He had said that he would not leave them orphaned: The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you (John 14:26).   And in today’s Gospel, he had breathed this Spirit of grace upon his Apostles and given them power to forgive sins.

      Jews from every nation were outside of that crowded house. They had gathered in Jerusalem for the ancient feast of Pentecost – fifty days after Passover (it was a celebration of God’s giving of the Law to Moses). Yet each heard the disciples speaking in their own tongue, and over time, thousands were converted.

     Two thousand years later, we gather in this house of God.  Like those early followers of Christ, we find solace in communal prayer. Like them, we crave the words of Jesus and we feast at his table. Like them, we exist in a world of uncertainty and opposing rhetoric. Like them, we find strength in a Christian community. Most important, like them, we have been redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice and have been baptized and sealed in his Spirit.

      We may not feel the strong driving wind nor see the tongues of fire, but the Spirit is here and dwelling among us. He has given us varied gifts in order to build up God’s kingdom.  That same Spirit of Jesus is empowering each of us to go out and boldly proclaim the Good News – that Jesus Christ has died for all, that he has forgiven our sins, that he has destroyed death’s power over us, and that in all things, Jesus loves us. Now that is something to shout about in any language.

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