Pentecost Sunday Year C

Published on 03 Jun 2019
Stained glass window with a dove

The Spirit of God has made his home in you. Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God.

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast

sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,

pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work

when the Gospel was first proclaimed,

fill now once more the hearts of believers.

Today marks the climax of the great Fifty Days of Eastertide. Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, and with it, the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ here on earth.

Jesus promises his disciples at the Last Supper that both he and the Father will love those who love them and their ways: together they will make their home with us. Jesus also promises his followers the Holy Spirit, the ‘Advocate’, who will teach them everything and will be their comforter forever. (Gospel)

The poetic Psalm offers us a meditation on both the goodness of the creator God and the life-giving role of the Spirit on the face of the earth.

The First Reading from Acts describes how the Spirit fills the timid disciples with courage and also removes barriers between peoples. The success of the apostles as they preach in different languages reflects Christ’s universal mission.

In the Second Reading, Paul presents his understanding of the dynamic role of the Spirit of Christ. We now live in a new era, inhabited and dominated by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

This week, let us celebrate and ask to feel a sense of Spirit-filled awareness and joy, as we pray that we may work with the Trinity and each other in the service of the Church.

The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. It holds all things together.    Entrance Antiphon

The apostles … were all filled with the Holy Spirit.   First Reading

The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again: it is the spirit of sons and daughters, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’    Second Reading

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all I have said to you.    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Acts 2: 1–11; Psalm 103 (104); Romans 8: 8–17; John 14:15– 16, 23–26