Feast of Pentecost 2017

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Gospel Reflection for the Feast of Pentecost Year A – June 4th 2017

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available.




John 7:37-39


John 20:19-23


Remember confirmation – the oil. Even a little. Oil was often a sign in the scripture of giving healing and strength. We know the uses of oil in ordinary life -the oil bringing out the flavour. Put oil on fish or vegetables and the flavour is good.

Oil also seals something into food.  Flavour, the good of the meat.  In confirmation we are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  They are enclosed within us – to flow out.

It helps our Christian life flow.


Recall the words – Be sealed with the gift – and spread the gospel.  The gifts are the normal human gifts we like – kindness, goodness, generosity, mercy;  the Spirit is the spirit of God reaching our human spirit. Giving us energy in the life of our faith, and in our desire to do our best in life.

Oil also heals and brings comfort. We need that in the bereavement, illness, hurts of life. Prayer brings us in touch with the comfort of God in the Spirit in our hurt and wounded world –  hurt with poverty, hunger, displacement and unemployment. People letting each other down in situations of greed. We need the comfort of hope, which makes us strong.

Alone we can do little; together we can grow strong; with each other and with the Spirit of God we can create joy and peace together.

The oil that seals the gifts of God in us then flows out and we are people of God’s Holy Spirit in our world.  May we let the Spirit out!

Holy Spirit, be our energy in living and spreading the word of Jesus.


Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger