READINGS for 2006-06-04
Feast of the Pentecost
Live by the Spirit -- Galatians 5:16
In the movie ?A Beautiful Mind?, the protagonist John Forbes Nash Jr was diagnosed with schizophrenia but overcame his tragedy and went on to be awarded a Nobel Prize. When asked how he managed to deal with this, he bluntly answered that he ?feeds that what needs to be fed.?
Come Holy Spirit, fill us with your grace! Starve our flesh and revive our dying selves. Renew our Church and prepare the Bride of Christ till He comes!
Pentecost is one of the central feasts of the Church. Here we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit given to all Christians. This gift is given in Baptism but often lies dormant for the rest of their lives. The Spirit comes alive only when the individual affirms his or her faith and thus makes an adult stand for God. Without this stand, the Holy Spirit is not really empowered to work in our lives. He waits for us to cry out to Him in faith before He gets going.
1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. 6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, ?Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? 9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, 11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.?
P S A L M
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
R: Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD, my God, you are great indeed! 24 How manifold are your works, O LORD! the earth is full of your creatures; (R) 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD be glad in his works! 34 Pleasing to him be my theme; I will be glad in the LORD. (R) 29 If you take away their breath, they perish and return to their dust. 30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. (R)
Paul knows the difference that the Holy Spirit can make in a person?s life because he has experienced it in his own! Here he encourages the Corinthians to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit because we can be sure that the Holy Spirit will lead us closer to God. The alternatives, our own spirit or the spirit of the world, are disastrous in comparison. They lead us away from God. I know what direction I want to be going ? straight ahead for Jesus!
G O S P E L
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
The Holy Spirit wants to lead us into the truth and especially the truth of our salvation. This is a long road to walk, particularly if we have previously been caught up in a life of sin. It will take time to disentangle ourselves from the tentacles of sin and to realign our lives on that of Jesus. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will take the leading role in this process and that we will be humble enough to follow where He leads us.
26 ?When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. 27 And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. 16: 12 ?I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. 13 But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.?
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
The story of the Polish church and its role in hastening the downfall of communism has been widely told. But in their stand against tyranny and injustice the present generation of Catholics was upholding an ancient Polish tradition. One of the most revered saints in Poland is St. Stanislaus, a bishop of Cracow, who died as a martyr in the eleventh century.
SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY, SPIRIT FOR COMMUNITY
?God has willed to make men holy and save them, not as individuals without any bond or link between them, but rather to make them into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness.? This is an important statement found in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church that was promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. It enshrines a theological reflection that we arrive at whenever we examine the ways of God in the time of the Bible, and in our own time: that God, who is a community of persons, also acts out his plans in the world in the locus of community.
O God, thank You for calling me by name. Thank you for making me unique with my gifts and charisms. Thank You for making me discover my own calling in a certain apostolate, in a ministry that is truly mine, in a way of life that is fitting. But lest I forget, and lest we forget, amidst our uniqueness, bind us in the love and power of your Holy Spirit. May this day of Pentecost be a revival not just of our individual charisms and ministries. May Pentecost revive us in our fellowship, in our being Church. Amen.
St. Francis Caracciolo, confessor, pray for us.
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