May 19, 2013: Pentecost Sunday
Catholic Social Teaching
“We are a nation founded on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but the right to life is not fully protected…We are called to be peacemakers in a nation at war. We are a country pledged to pursue “liberty and justice for all,” but we are too often divided across lines of race, ethnicity and economic inequality…We are an affluent society where too many live in poverty and lack health care and other necessities of life. We are part of a global community facing urgent threats to the environment that must sustain us. These challenges are at the heart of public life and the center of the pursuit of the common good. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2), USCCB
First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Psalm: 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17
Gospel: John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father’s and his own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are many, still the Spirit is one and undivided…For just as the power of Christ’s sacred flesh unites those in whom it dwells into one body…in the same way the one and undivided Spirit of God…leads all into spiritual unity.” (738) From the Introduction to Pentecost Sunday, Cycle C, Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
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Psalm 104 paragraph 255
Psalm 104:2 paragraph 452
John 14: 16, 26 paragraph 104
“…In the formation and teaching of this social doctrine, the Church has been and continues to be, prompted not by theoretical motivation but by pastoral concerns. She is spurred on by the repercussions that social upheavals have on people, on multitudes of men and women, on human dignity itself, in contexts where man painstakingly searches for a better world, without working with equal zeal for the betterment of his own spirit. For these reasons, this social doctrine has arisen and developed…(that) builds up gradually, as the Church, in the fulfillment of the word revealed by Christ Jesus and with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, reads events as they unfold in the course of history.”
John 14:21, 23-24 paragraph 70
John 20:19, 21, 26 paragraph 491
Acts 2:5-11 paragraph 562
Acts 2:6 paragraph 431
Romans 8 paragraph 38
Romans 8:1-11 paragraph 522
Romans 8:14-17 paragraph 122
Romans 8:15 paragraph 31
1st Corinthians 12:15 paragraph 144
Do we approach faith as if the Holy Spirit is rationed? As God’s love and Jesus’ peace are infinite, so is the Holy Spirit’s manifestation to teach us everything and remind us of all Jesus told us. Like God breathed life into Adam, Jesus gave the disciples life when he breathed on them to impart the Holy Spirit. As Jesus asked them to receive the Holy Spirit, do we avail ourselves to receive that same Spirit of adoption to live in the infinite embrace of Abba? The Spirit animates our faith with life through the manifestation of gifts. With this breath, we do not perish in the pretenses of fear. For faith leads us not into slavery, but in the unfolding of the Spirit’s gifts we experience the infinite freedom of faith. As we each use our gifts, we don’t swipe others’ gifts, for the Spirit is undivided. Only when we seek, with our whole heart to receive the Holy Spirit and prayerfully encourage others to do the same, will our diversity of gifts be manifest to work cohesively to renew the face of the earth.
Come Holy Spirit, enliven our faith, so we don’t shrink from seeking the common good. Help us to cherish and embrace the gifts you impart to each one of us. May we honor and respect the gifts of others to see the mystery in the synergy of gifts. Holy Spirit, you infuse our faith with life and may you help us to see life in people of all tongues. We praise you for being our Advocate. Amen.
Individual Reflection: John 14:15-16, 23b-26
With your social justice ministry, spend a retreat day or evening reflecting on the gifts of the Holy Spirit that animate your ministry. How can you better integrate all the members’ gifts to strengthen your ministry?
Family Reflection: John 20:19-23 and John 14:15-16, 23b-26
Each day this week read one of the Gospel passages and pray that each family member will avail themselves to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Blogs to Visit
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites.
By Barb Born May 9, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.