Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 31 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25
John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church!
After the Ascension, the apostles gathered around Mary in the Upper Room to prepare by prayer and supplication that Jesus fulfill the promise that He made the night before He died to send "another Counselor, to be with us forever, the Spirit of truth. He will teach you all things, bring to your remembrance all I have said to you . . . guide you into all the truth" (see John 14:26; 16:13).
The Holy Spirit on Pentecost also breathed into His disciples the power to forgive the sins of the whole world: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven" (John 20:22-23). Immediately, the Twelve began to speak in many languages to devout Jews from every nation under heaven.
The Holy Spirit's coming was shown outwardly by fiery tongues hovering over the heads of the apostles, accompanied by a rushing wind. Through these signs, God made His presence known, a presence of the power of love, designed to change and transform the whole world through His Church.
What does it mean for us today?
It means that as confirmed Catholics, the Holy Spirit dwells in us as in a shrine, frees us from sin, and helps us in our weakness. Only in the power of the Spirit can we really hope for grace beyond our grasp, for a glory beyond the grave. With that hope, we can walk in the Spirit, and boldly confront other powers that threaten to engulf and destroy our society. If we do not stir up this hope in us, then we will despair into thinking that the powers of greed and hatred, the spirit of exploitation, the spirit of abuse of the weak and helpless, are stronger than the power of the Spirit of love and truth.
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful. Make us bold and fearless Christians!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
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