Posted on May 30, 2020

St John Vianney R C Church

Pentecost Year A

Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23

On the fiftieth day – which is what Pentecost means – the Jew of Jesus’s day recalled the gift of the law on Mount Sinai. Fifty days after Easter the Gospel records for us the giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles for their work of evangelisation; their task of spreading the Good News of the Gospel to all the nations of the earth. S. Luke in his second work, the Acts of the Apostles, tells us in today’s lection that the message of the Apostles was proclaimed, heard and understood by people from all the nations. In this S. Luke gives us an image, a picture of the word of God, which, as the psalmist tells us, would: “Go out to the upmost bounds of the world”.

In today’s Gospel we have the risen Lord breathing on the Apostles and equipping them with the power to loose and bind sin. We also have Jesus dispelling fear and granting his peace to his frightened followers who were gathered behind the locked doors – yes of the upper room but also of shattered hearts.

As we reflect today on the scriptures for this great solemnity I would ask you to hold before the Lord two things.

Firstly, all of those who would at or around this time have been admitted to Holy Communion or would have been Confirmed. It is my hope that both of these important events will take place as soon as is practically possible after the lifting of the lockdown... continue reading on
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