Sun 31 May
When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. â€˜Surelyâ€™ they said â€˜all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from RomeÂ â€“ Jews and proselytes alikeÂ â€“ Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.â€™
Psalm or canticle
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
No one can say, â€˜Jesus is Lordâ€™ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, â€˜Peace be with youâ€™, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, â€˜Peace be with you.
â€˜As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.â€™
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
â€˜Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.â€™
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By Matthew Warner - May 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm