Pentecost Sunday

First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Par'thians and Medes and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre'ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Gospel: John 20:19-23
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Welcome to Pentecost. The Birth of the Church, the beginnings of a new religion 2000 years ago known as Christianity. Let us all rejoice.

2000 years today, the disciples all receive the Holy Spirit and in present times, by Confirmation. Well, they are all being sent out into the world, to proclaim the Word of God. This brings us back to yesterday's session, where we were told to draw what the Spirit led us to draw. And for me, the line that struck me was this:

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."

Why? To me, Pentecost was the time, where we are sent out to continue to spread the Gospel, while caring for anyone along the way throughout the year. We are all called for this, aren't we?

And so, after Pentecost, let us all spread the word around. Who cares about the obstacles? The Lord and the Holy Spirit will guide us on our way!

And today, I want to share 2 songs sung at the 11am mass today:

One Sprit, One Church - Kevin Keil & Maryanne Quinlivan
Song (On Piano):

Refrain: We are a pilgrim people,
we are the Church of God.
A family of believers,
disciples of the Lord.
United in one spirit,
ignited by the fire.
Still burning through the ages,
still present in our lives.

1. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up thy rest;
come with thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which thou hast made.

2. O Comforter, to thee we cry,
thou gift of God sent from on high.
Thou font of life and fire of love,
the souls anointing from above.

I like this song as it describes what we are supposed to be with our lives. A Pilgrim People, A Church of God, A family of believers,
disciples of the Lord. And we should be United in one spirit, ignited by the fire. Still burning through the ages, still present in our lives.

Send us your Spirit - David Haas

Refrain: Come Lord Jesus. Send us your Spirit. Renew the face of the earth.

1. Come to us, Spirit of God. Breathe in us now. We sing together.
Spirit of hope and of light, fill our lives.
Come to us, Spirit of God.

2. Fill us with the fire of love. Burn in us now. Bring us together.
Come to us; dwell in us. Change our lives, oh Lord. Come to us, Spirit of God.

3. Send us the wings of new birth.
Fill all the earth with the love you have

Send Us Your Spirit - Dan Schutte

Send us your spirit, O Lord.
Evening enfolds us and holds us too near.
Wake the morning light.
Make our living bright.
Shine on our darkness, O Lord.

Hold us with mercy, O Lord.
Sorrow has spoken, has broken our hearts.
Clothe us in your care.
Be the life we bear.
Feed us and fill us, O Lord.

Give us love's own fire.
Be our true desire.
Send us your spirit, O Lord.

Teach us your wisdom, O Lord.
Shadows have clouded, have crowded our sight.
Give us hearts that see.
Set our loving free.
Hear us and help us, O Lord.

Send us your spirit, O Lord.
Send us your spirit, O Lord.

Happy Pentecost!


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