Gospel Reflection for Pentecost Year B – May 24th 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.
Jesus said to his disciples
‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.
I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine’
John 15:26-27, 16:12-15
The effect of the holy Spirit at the first Pentecost was to make unity – the incident of people understanding different languages should not be taken literally, but that some deep divisions among people can be overcome by the Spirit of God. Many of the gifts of the Spirit in the second reading (Galatians 5:16-25) are about a deep unity among us – trusting, love, patience. These and other gifts of the Spirit bring unity at a deep level in families, friendships, all kinds of relationships and communities.
The effects of disunity can lead in the end to murders, violence and wars. No wonder Jesus prayed so often for unity, and his Spirit would unite us.
Disagreements may happen in the best of relationships, and lead often to peace in the end. Dividedness never leads to peace and is never from God.
Another unity of Pentecost was the reconciliation between Jesus’ natural family and the family of the apostles. Another gospel account says that In the upper room were people like James, his family ‘brother’, and Mary his mother, the uniting love of all Jesus’ followers.
Come holy Spirit;
Fill our hearts.
Bring your peace and unity
To our world.
May your kingdom come and you will be done.
Donal Neary SJ