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Gospel Reflection for Pentecost, Year B, May 20th 2018
The picture of Pentecost is unity of people who were really diverse and had been in conflict. The apostles had let each other down as well as letting Jesus down. Later, the two families of Jesus – his natural family with Mary his mother and James his cousin, united with the apostles. The Spirit of unity was beginning to unite them, who had often been divided over Jesus, some of his family trying to get him off his preaching mission and return quietly home.
Unity is not easy. Some differences are too much for friendship but we can still value the other and not fight. The past does not disappear. As unity demands tolerance, at times it will encourage us to forgive and work for healing and freedom. At other times if we are to get along side by side it means reconciliation.
The Spirit in each of us can help unity. Think of someone you are at odds with – believe that he or she has the Spirit of God like you, that Jesus died for him or her. It helps!
The unity of the Trinity is rooted in the love of Father and Son, which brings a huge spirit of love. May the Spirit guide us now, and encourage us to be united and call us into the unity of acceptance, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Holy Spirit unite us in family life, helping us care well for each other.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine