Year B, Lectionary 63
"The days from Easter to Pentecost are known as the days of Easter. It is all one feast. The passion, death and resurrection of Christ is one triumphant action. It is a building feast, the building of the city of God; the heavenly Jerusalem adorned as though a bride for her husband. The end of the journey is the pentecostal city; that city in which we now live."
Fr. Allan White. "The End of the Harvest." Torch. June 4, 2006
"The Holy Spirit can't be pinned down to a single name or image He is like the wind He blows where he chooses whence He comes and wither He goes no one knows He is God communicating himself, love over-flowing He is the fountain's spray and bubble A spring of living water in the hearts of the faithful "
Fr. Piers Linley. "The Holy Spirit." Torch. June 8, 2003
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
Galatians 5:16-25 or 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or John 20:19-23
"In the upper room the disciples encounter the ongoing reality of Jesus, and the whole world changes. When someone we love dies, we build a mausoleum to them in our hearts and memories, and everything they did and said slowly acquires the soft focus that time brings. Time gradually erodes the real person, who was always more than our experience of them, and leaves us instead with a fading memory."
Fr. Timothy Calvert. "Peace Twofold Bestowed." Torch. May 27, 2012
"Today the Holy Mother the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Pentecost. It is traditionally celebrated 50 days after the resurrection of the Lord and 10 days after His Ascension. It commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church but it equally reminds us of the beginning of the third moment of the tripartite revelations of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, it is a principal and indispensable moment in the life of..."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "Veni Creator Spiritus." A Catholic Moment. May 23, 2021
"We have already remarked on the intimate relationship between this event and Babel in Genesis 10-11 (Pentecost is the Un-Babel) and Sinai in Exodus 19-20 (Pentecost is the giving of the New Law of the New Covenant). It is important to note that the congregation gathered around the apostles comes not only from a wide variety of nations of the earth, but also consists of “Jews and converts to Judaism.” In other words, there are..."
John Bergsma. "Pentecost Day." The Sacred Page. May 22, 2021
"Soon after we were born, we emptied our lungs of fluid and breathed for the first time. During an average lifespan, a human being breathes 650 million times before we take our last breath. Life is one breath after another. Our sharing in eternal life is also a drama of breathing. ‘Then the Lord God formed man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became..."
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe. "Breath of God." Torch. May 17, 2021
"Air gets everywhere – it fills our lungs, our rooms, our homes, and the whole world. What a fitting image it is, therefore, for the Holy Spirit, the ruah Adonai, the “Breath of God” who fills all creation and gives to it the gifts and blessings of the living and true God. For the Spirit of God is the air that the Risen Lord breathes over us his disciples, and over the Church, and over..."
Fr. Lawrence Lew. "Donum Dei Altissimi!." Torch. May 16, 2018
"Today we celebrate the completion of the paschal mystery by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, a pouring out of the Spirit which unites us to Jesus, makes us members of His Body, adopted sons and daughters of God. Through this union with Jesus, through becoming members of His Body, we share in Jesus’ death and we share in Jesus’ victory over death at his Resurrection. Through the Spirit that is poured..."
Fr. Nicholas Crowe. "The Peace of Christ completest the Paschal Mystery." Torch. May 19, 2015