1st Reading: Acts 2: 1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 12 3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John. 20: 19-23
On this glorious feast of Pentecost, the frightened Apostles huddled in a locked room are transformed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the good news boldly to all the people from many parts of the known world. St. Paul reminds us that we, too, “have been given to drink of the one Spirit.” In the Body of Christ, there are many gifts and many ministries. We all have gifts to share. Each gift is important and should not be kept behind “locked doors” but should be shared and proclaimed in whatever way the Spirit inspires us. Even before Pentecost Day, Jesus appeared to his frightened followers in the Upper Room and proclaimed peace to them, breathing on them this same Spirit, giving them a taste of what was to come.
Holy Spirit, You have been poured out upon us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Grant us the grace to be more aware of the gifts You have given us, and the courage to share them in the communities in which we live and serve. Increase in us the gifts of your Love and Peace that we may in turn pour these out upon our troubled world.
Mary Lynne Calkins, OSF