Sunday, May 28, 2023
The readings for Pentecost focus on the Holy Spirit and our role as the Body of Christ in the world. The first reading (Acts 2:1-11) is the account of Pentecost, when the believers receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. The psalm (Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34) calls out ” Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth”. The second reading (1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13) reminds that the Spirit has given each of us unique gifts which allow us to continue the ministry of Jesus in unity. And in the gospel (John 20:19-23) Jesus prepares the disciples to be sent forth into the world by breathing the Spirit on them.
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: