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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 30, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
John 20:19-23

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today is the wonderful Feast of Pentecost, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Church. The impact of this marvelous event can best be appreciated by the contrast of the effects of the Spirit vs. the effects of human willfulness and sin. Perhaps there are no greater contrasts in life except between absolute good and absolute evil and yet it is in each that we see the fruits they engender.

In today's First Reading we hear about the ancient story of the Tower of Babel and how human pride caused the destruction of human potential. Such sadness - a state of affairs that never should have happened! Yet when all seems lost and without any remedy, God sends to us His promised Holy Spirit to repair all that was lost by sin.

Think of it, all that is wrong has a remedy in God and through the outpouring of His Spirit made known to us in the person of Jesus. All shall really be well again when we allow that same Holy Spirit to regenerate us, mend all that is damaged and injured by sin.

All we need do is open the locked doors of our hearts that God might come in and begin anew in us. Cry out to the Lord, cry out constantly and fervently.

Come, Holy Spirit, come, and enkindle in us the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. He will come, He has promised!

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com) http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

Pentecost Sunday

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