Gospel Reflections

Feast of Pentecost

John 20:19-23

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Catherine Waldron

Published: June 04, 2017

The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said.”  Wisdom 1:7

What a message of hope we receive in today’s Liturgy!  God’s Spirit already fills the whole world with rays of Divine light: source of all we need, comforter of the suffering, most welcome guest, sweet rest from our labors, solace in the midst of woe, healer of wounds, revitalizer of strength, bender of stubborn hearts and wills, guide to right relationships, abundant dew on periods of dryness, joy that never ends.

Would that we all lived in this awareness of God’s presence in and among us all!

The frightened and questioning followers of Jesus gathered in that one place did take note of the noise of the strong driving wind. They did notice the tongues of fire resting on each of them.  They were filled with the life and light of the Spirit. They immediately spoke in ways many people understood them in their native languages. Despite their confusion and fear, they did accept their mission to act as Jesus did.  

Yes, it is extraordinarily difficult to accept the truth of Wisdom’s words in today’s world, too. Daily we are faced with wars, corruption, greed, self-serving government leaders, abuse of earth/ environment/resources /persons/relationships, manipulation of truth and so much more.  Facing our current reality weighs down more than words can express.

Today we pray to consciously hold ourselves, our people and our world in the divine light of our Pentecostal Spirit of light, love, courage, and, especially in the belief that we can be and are living proof of God’s presence yearning to transform the world.




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