Daily Reflections for the 9th Week of Ordinary Time

Sunday 31st May – Pentecost Sunday

Introduction

Welcome – to our Mass for this wonderful day of Pentecost.

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, 50 days since the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus as promised, sends the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, upon the Church to lead them forward into the future.

The Holy Spirit, is our guarantee that God is with us, leading us to the truth, leading us to eternal life.

So we gather on this special day of the church, in a sense, the birthday of the church, and we ask for God’s loving mercy and forgiveness.

Penitential Rite

Lord Jesus, you sent the Holy Spirit to be our advocate and guide. Lord have mercy…

Lord Jesus, you sent the Holy Spirit to bring peace to a fallen world. Christ have mercy…

Lord Jesus, you sent the Holy Spirit to guide us to eternal life with you. Lord have mercy…

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. AMEN

Pentecost Sunday Sermon

On this Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birthday of the Church, with the coming of the Holy Spirit. This spirit gave the disciples the courage to go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

We certainly believe that the Holy Spirit is present in our lives, because it was promised to us by Jesus. But how do we know if the Holy Spirit is working in our lives?

The Holy Spirit will not come and take over our lives, we are called to respond to the presence of the Holy Spirit, and then the Holy Spirit can and will do great thing in and through us.

Anybody who takes their faith and their relationship with God seriously, can benefit by assessing our lives against the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These fruits of the Holy Spirit are,

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness
Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-Control

Each one of these fruits is a value that we can strive towards, but not only by our own efforts, but especially with the power of the Holy Spirit. We can ask ourselves;

Do we try to live loving lives? Do we bring joy into the world?
Are we patient and kind? Do we try to be good and do the right thing?
Are we faithful? Are we gentle and self-controlled?

And if we find that we are not living any of these fruits, or at least could do better, then let us pray on this day of Pentecost for the Holy Spirit to come upon us again to renew and refresh our lives. May it transform our lives that we too will play our part in the world in which we live, to bring the love of God with us.

No matter who we are, we all need to change. As Cardinal Newman said,

“To live is to change; to be perfect is to have changed often.”

The power that was given to the Apostles on Pentecost is also given to us today. All we need is the faith to accept it and to put our faith in to action, let the Holy Spirit do the rest.