Sunday Gospel reflections: Celebrating our widespread Church

Solemnity of Pentecost

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. On Pentecost, we celebrate the birth of our Church, born in the Spirit promised by Jesus himself. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes for us the diversity present in the first members of the Church and how that diversity became a source of unity.

Shortly after being filled with the Holy Spirit, the apostles were joined by Jews and Gentiles from different regions and nations, women and men of diverse customs and languages who were all filled with the same Spirit. Together they celebrated God’s deeds and power at work in their lives.

Today, as Church, we welcome people from all parts of the world. Sometimes there are new groups who have not been part of our Church for long and who come with different customs and traditions. As Christians, our faith calls us to move beyond simple accommodation to become people who welcome, celebrate, and embrace each other’s differences as we share our experiences of God’s deeds and power at work in our lives.

As we celebrate Pentecost, let us remember that the diversity around us is a source of blessings through which we can better experience God’s love in countless new ways. May we be signs of openness and generosity of spirit.

 — Connie Paré


Readings:

Vigil: 

Genesis 11:1-9 or Exodus 19:3-8A, 16-20B or Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5

Pslam 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30

Romans 8:22-27

John 7:37-39


Mass During the Day: 

Acts 2:1-11

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


Extended Vigil: 

Genesis 11:1-9

Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15

Exodus 19:3-8A, 16-20B

Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 or Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Joel 3:1-5

Pslam 104:1-2, 24 and 35, 27-28, 29-30

Romans 8:22-27

John 7:37-39

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