Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - Pentecost

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 20:19-23, the Gospel reading for Pentecost in Cycle A, as well as Acts 2:1-11, exploring the following topics:

- Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.
- The Gospel reading takes place on Easter Sunday. Jesus is preparing the disciples for the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
- Jesus breathing on the disciples symbolizes the remaking of creation.
- The eternal peace of Christ will permeate the remade creation.
- Christ gives authority to the Church.
- The Israelite celebration of Pentecost involved the presentation of the first fruits. At Pentecost, the new converts are the first fruits of the mission to evangelize the world.
- The miracle of the languages at Pentecost is the reversal of the story of Babel.
- The Holy Spirit vivifies the Church.
- The Holy Spirit keeps the Church from falling into error.
- The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to follow Christ.
- Reconnecting with the gifts of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost.
- The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church. She helps us to say yes to the Holy Spirit, as she did.

You can find the text of the readings for Pentecost in Cycle A at the USCCB website.

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