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
This Pentecost, as we hope to emerge from being relatively isolated in our homes, “social-distancing” ourselves from others and living in fear of an invisible enemy, we can relate to the fearful disciples of Jesus praying together for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. After that amazing outpouring, when they emerged to proclaim the good news, they encountered people from every corner of the known world of their time; people of many languages and walks of life. As we come forth from our darkness into the light, we are reminded of the variety of people who have carried on essential services at this time of crisis: first responders, nurses, doctors, mental health counselors and social workers, trash collectors, grocery store clerks, long-haul truckers, maintenance crews. They are our heroes, and their unselfishness and tireless work has been and is a modern-day manifestation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our day.
Holy Spirit, You have been poured out upon us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. At this time, our world is severely tested, yet we trust in your promise of peace. Grant us the grace to be more aware of the gifts You have poured out on us through your Holy Spirit. Grant us fortitude and perseverance as we share them in the communities in which we live and serve.
Mary Lynne Calkins, OSF