Gospel Reflection for Pentecost Year A – June 8th 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
Someone dies and we say he kept his spirits alive to the end. And ‘his or her spirit lives on’. A word we talk of easily. It’s something elusive, you can’t pin it down. It comes from somewhere. From parents, a spirit of endurance or being able to make it through tough times. Or from our prayer and faith. We talk of good team spirit. Today the feast of the Spirit of God. Alive, active and joyful.
Gifts of the Spirit
From where do we get the spirit of compassion, love…all the gifts…from the love of the Father, Son and holy Spirit. The flame of love is the flame of God. The tongues of fire over the apostles and the followers of Jesus were flames of love…that would burn on the inside forever.
Today the fire alarm went off in the community. People got up early. Only the toast was burning! Pentecost is the fire alarm of the followers of Jesus…the flame of God’s own love.
Also the spirit of forgiveness always. As blows in our own country like at the visit of the British Queen to our country and the forgiveness of people hurt badly in the times of the troubles.
Compassion, mercy, forgiveness and a hope for justice for all are gifts we ask from the Spirit who blows among us strongly today.
Holy Spirit, live in me and in all of us as you lived in Mary and the apostles.
Donal Neary SJ