Sunday, June 5, 2022
The readings for Pentecost for Year C promise that we are not on our own, but have the Spirit to guide us. In the first reading (Acts 2:1-11) the Holy Spirit comes to the disciples. The psalm (Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34) asks for the Spirit to come to us. In the second reading (1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13) we learn that only through the Holy Spirit can we declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. In the alternate second reading (Romans 8:8-17) we hear that life in the world brings only death, but the Spirit brings life. In the gospel (John 20:19-23) Jesus breathes the Spirit into his disciples. In the alternate gospel (John 14:15-16, 23B-26) Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will keep us close to him.
The focus for this weekend is how the Holy Spirit empowers us to be disciples. Here are some ideas: