Pentecost Sunday – Virginia Scally, SNDdeN

May 15, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

May 19, 2024

John 20: 19-23

“Peace be with you.” This greeting of Jesus was indeed, a repetition of his Last Supper wish! But “a lot of water has gone under the bridge” since then: his unbelievable betrayal and arrest, the sham of a trial, the  rejection of Jesus by the gathered crowd who screamed the unthinkable “Crucify him!” and the almost total abandonment and denial of Jesus by these very disciples, gathered in the upper room. It’s not “fear of the Jews” that should have motivated the disciples to lock themselves away, but fear of GOD, for their shameful cowardice in relationship to the suffering and death of their Master and Teacher and yet, here he IS, whose death was certain!

Now his PRESENCE is certain! (Are these not the same WOUNDS some of them witnessed from afar, hidden in the crowd, hopefully, as DIS-IDENTIFIED as possible from him???) And yet, here he IS, not condemning, not shaming, not expressing his disappointment or hurt, but wishing his disciples (and us) again, his Easter PEACE! …a peace “that the world cannot give” nor even ever take away, unless we surrender it.

This Peace was meant to stabilize them, to ground them, to strengthen them and us for whatever will follow! This is not the peace the world gives. This is the Peace of GOD! This is the Peace of the One who has conquered darkness, sin, suffering and even death itself, proving in his own body that God, our good God, will have the last word and that that word will be one of Life, and of Hope and of Love.

What we are asked to do now then, is to trust that promise! This promise, moreover, has not been given to us for ourselves alone. We are to be bearers of this Good News! The Spirit will be given to us anew this Pentecost, if we desire that, to help us proclaim it to all who are open to receive it. This is the promise of the Spirit, then, on this feast of Pentecost, 2024. Let us pray together, “Come, Holy Spirit, COME! Help us proclaim this Good News with our lives!”  Amen! Alleluia!


John 20: 19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”


Meet Sister Ginny Scally, SNDdeN


Sister Ginny Scally was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame in her home parish of St. Gregory’s in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She joined them after graduating from high school. Like most SND’s, her professional life began as a teacher in an elementary setting. Because of her involvement in the parish religious education programs in those early years, she also was influenced by the spiritual needs and hungers of the laity she met. As a result of those encounters, she chose to pursue graduate studies in Theology with an emphasis on Scripture and Spirituality. She was a Pastoral Administrator in priestless parishes (Read “pastoring person!) in the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan for over 20 years, completed a hospital chaplain’s residency and served as the Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts. Ginny is currently serving as one of the three Support Coordinators serving in the Northeast Region of the East West Province. As of July 12, 2024, She will be installed as one of the five new members of the East West Province Leadership Team.