Sunday, May 28, 2023
On Pentecost, we focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. But we also remember the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us. We received the Holy Spirit in a special way at when we received the sacrament of Confirmation. But the Holy Spirit visits us every day. How do we respond to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives?
The Mass readings for Pentecost – Year A
The readings for Pentecost focus on the Holy Spirit and our role as the Body of Christ in the world:
- First reading – Acts 2:1-11: “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34: “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”.
- Second reading – 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13: “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.”
- Gospel – John 20:19-23: “He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Resources for Pentecost – Year A
So the Spirit is obviously the main focus for weekend’s readings. Empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we go out to the world to preach the message of Jesus Christ. This is the birthday of The Church and is celebrated 50 days after Easter. It is the last day of the Easter season. Here are some ideas: