Year C – Solemnity of Pentecost – May 18, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (R/. cf. 30); 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17; Veni, Sante Spiritus; John 20: 19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26

The Easter season ends with the feast of Pentecost, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church.  Scripture speaks of the Spirit as the gift of the Father and the Risen Christ, who continues the work of creation, redemption, and sanctification in us.  Through the Spirit, we are able to enter more deeply into the life and love of the Trinity.  Today offers several images of how we experience the Holy Spirit: 

  • As a mighty wind that blows open the doors, bringing in fresh air to a room full of fearful people;
  •  As tongues of fire warming the disciples’ hearts and sending them out to witness to Jesus as Lord and Savior;
  • As the giver of all good gifts needed by the faith community for the benefit of our world and all its people; and
  • As a gentle breath of the risen Lord, bringing peace and forgiveness. 

The Spirit is truly the Gift that keeps on giving. 

What image captures your experience of the Spirit? 


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One response to “Year C – Solemnity of Pentecost – May 18, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

  1. I like to picture the Holy Spirit as a rainfall that soaks us to the point of cleansing us. I also like the image of fire.

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