Pentecost Sunday Year B

Published on 14 May 2018
Stained glass of a dove with wings outstretched and 11 flames

‘Come, Holy Spirit!’

 

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast

sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,

pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit

across the face of the earth

and, with the divine grace that was at work

when the Gospel was first proclaimed,

fill now once more the hearts of believers
 
Eastertide ends with the glorious feast of Pentecost. In the liturgy of recent weeks, and especially with the Ascension, we, the disciples of Jesus, have been promised the gift of the Holy Spirit and his power.

The First Reading, which we hear each year, is a dramatic account of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and of its wondrous effects. Today we celebrate the birth of the Church.

The Psalm is a hymn of praise to the Creator, and a prayer that he will fill us, his Church and the whole world, with his Spirit.

In the Second Reading, St Paul clearly distinguishes the difference between a life guided by the Spirit and that led by self-indulgence. We are encouraged to lead a Spirit-filled life, following Christ’s example and manifesting his gifts.

The Gospel takes us back to Jesus’s words at the Last Supper, and his promise to send the Holy Spirit, who is our Advocate, our teacher, and our memory. He is the Spirit of truth who will lead us to the complete truth. He is a witness to Christ, and we too share in this witness.

As we celebrate this climax of Eastertide, I may wish to spend time this week pondering what these last fifty days have meant to me.
 
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit.   First Reading

You send forth your spirit, we are created; and you renew the face of the earth.  Responsorial Psalm

Jesus is Lord.   Second Reading

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the complete truth.    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Acts 2: 1–11; Psalm 103 (104); 1 Corinthians 12: 3–7, 12–13; John 15: 26–7, 16: 12–15