Saturday, June 08, 2019

Catholic 738: Pentecost Sunday. Year C - Sunday, June 9, 2019

Homily Pentecost Sunday. Year C - Sunday, June 9, 2019

Image; stock photo ID: 783792871. Bayeux, France - February 12, 2013: Stained Glass window depicting Pentecost, in Bayeux Cathedral, Calvados, France. - Image
Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers, and reflections for the Pentecost Sunday. Year C - Sunday, June 9, 2019, by clicking this link here:  (EPISODE: 161)
(Readings of the Day are used, utilizing options offered from Year A)
First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Psalm: Ps 103:1. 24. 29-31. 34. "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth."
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7. 12-13
Gospel: John 20:19-23
The Holy Spirit makes us disciples, able to be the Warm breath of human kindness at times of terrible coldness and need.....

"God breathed on us the first the day he created us. Genesis tells us that the Lord put his lips to ours and breathed in us and gave us his spirit of life. And so we became human beings. And John tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the risen Lord breathed on us a second time and gave us new life in The Spirit. Courage replaced caution and a fire was lit in our hearts that has scattered the darkness of fear forever. Those first disciples became new creations and so we are. 

The new life of the Spirit has been given to us so as to call us to a heroic life, —- to be instruments of God's peace and mercy in a beautiful but broken world."

The Gospel today, from Saint John, tells us about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  It is clear again that these early followers were hiding behind closed doors, feeling very, very fearful.  And they were not imaging the danger.  They were right to expect that they would be persecuted and harmed for being followers of Christ. The coming of the Holy Spirit takes their fears away.  Interestingly the Spirit does not take the danger away, but it gives us disciples boldness to do what is right and not be frightened into backing down.

At the heart of our Christian life, fear is taken away, peace and forgiveness are given. In turn, we as instruments and living vessels of Gods Spirit,  - we too can dispel the fears of others and proclaim peace and forgiveness that are given to us in Jesus.

Our gifts are different, each person has different gifts.  We need all the gifts that each person has so that we can continue the work of Christ in our world.  How different our world looks when we begin to recognize that each person brings his or her own gifts and that we need those gifts to live in the fullness of Jesus Christ.

We KNOW the Spirit is at work in our lives especially when the love and sacrifice we show is clearly coming from a loving hand far bigger than our own lives and our own finite motives and actions

When we do actions that are loving and unselfish, we are deeply aware that there is a power and a loving presence at work in us that is bigger than just ourselves.  ….Transcending our limitations … and not explainable only by our own actions… but bigger, ……. And "of which are freely cooperating part…."

It is God's Holy Spirit at work in and through us.  At work in the world.   A power of unselfish, sacrificing love and service. Unconditional love. That is at the heart of creation.

As the readings this weekend tell us, we become beloved sons and daughters of God, and heirs to God's kingdom. We have been given the freedom of the children of God.  But, this freedom is given to us in order that we too can live as Christ did, being
all about service, sacrifice, and self-forgetting love.

"If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious…………//  … What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit." (Galatians 5:16-26)

The Gospel this weekend also reminds us that the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of the church will always work to remind us of all that Christ did and said, and keep us close to Christ and his values. The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of Truth." All who live by the Spirit, strive to live authentic, honest, integrated lives built on truth.

Finally…  just an interesting insight -- …  we often read this text about how (after the Spirit descended) people of different languages and cultures could all hear and understand….. but what is interesting is…   the people were not speaking the same language… they were still speaking in the language of those different cultures…..  but even so… they could understand….  This is a reminder that the Spirit brings not uniformity, but diversity and variety…. But we are all ONE that diversity because the common language we speak is the language of God… and that is LOVE…..




Also quoting from the St Mary's College daily diary entry on the Holy Spirit



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Pentecost Sunday. Year C
Sunday, June 9, 2019)

(EPISODE: 161 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
As one family in Christ, let us prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries by calling to mind our sins.
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy//  You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy. 
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.



Eucharistic Prayer III

Communion side.  pwk: 
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

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