First Reading: Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66: 1-7, 16, 20
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3: 15-18
Gospel: John 14: 15-21
Today’s readings align very nicely with the Sacrament of Confirmation. They speak of receiving the Holy Spirit, trusting in God’s word that we will not be orphaned. These readings offer hope, trust, and enlightenment which ultimately leads to joy. I love the month of May, so many wonderful things happened in my life in this month: first communion, confirmation, graduation, my parents wedding anniversary, my birthday etc. As a young girl every year on my birthday my grandmother would give me a vase of fresh cut tulips. I looked forward to receiving this simple gift which offered great peace, joy, and love. This sharing by my grandmother which gave her great delight, affirmed for me the presence of God alive and active in her heart. The beauty of a simple flower, a smile a mile long, and the creativity with which they were delivered, continues to brighten my May some 40 years later. As the Tulips begin to bloom here in Indiana I can only look to the heavens and say, thank you Grandma, your Spirit lives on.
What Spirit led treasures and memories do you carry within you?
Do you hold on to the belief that God does not and will not leave us orphaned?
Gracious and Loving God,
May your Spirit continue to move in us as we share the gifts of hope, peace, and love with one another! Help us to be open to the creative ways in which you guide us to connect with those we love most. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Jane Schaefer, Associate