Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 23 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17
John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In my "middle" years of priesthood, I was pastor in the delightful village of Cape Vincent, NY, where the mighty St. Lawrence River has its birth from the waters of Lake Ontario. Ships sailed by the rectory constantly. With the help of binoculars, I could witness the transfer of a lake captain who had guided the ship from Chicago through the dangers of the lake, now passing his command to a river captain who was required by law to guide the ship through the St. Lawrence on its way to Montreal. It was a daily ritual of the "changing of the guard."
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost. It marks God's timing for the changing of command for His new Church. Jesus had said the night before His passion, "If I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you." Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus had left this earth to return to heaven, leaving the apostles with Mary in prayer.
Today, we live again the experience of that first Pentecost when the Upper Room in Jerusalem shook with hurricane force as the wind of God's Spirit and the fire of His love descended on twelve apostles, changing them forever. As thousands more were baptized that day, the Church was born in the presence of Christ's own mother and countless of other witnesses.
Today, through the Eucharist we celebrate, the Holy Spirit comes again to give a "booster shot" to countless modern-day Christians who have been born of water and the Holy Spirit.
Again, we are consecrated in the Truth that God is love, and lives in us as in a fleshly Temple, that in the renewal of our lifetime commitment, our faith is rekindled so that our light will more effectively destroy the indifference and violence that threaten to engulf the world.
Only our fears can prevent the Holy Spirit from empowering us, for He is our "Advocate," our silent supporter. He will help us to work together with our Bishops and priests, our religious and fellow laypeople, to renew the Church through the Holy Spirit's gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
O Come, Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of your faithful,
and You shall renew the face of the earth!
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: email@example.com
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Solemnity of Pentecost
Lives of the saints:
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