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pentecost sunday

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Pentecost Sunday

Lectionary: 63

Reading I

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”

Responsorial Psalm

R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    the earth is full of your creatures. R.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
    may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
    I will be glad in the LORD. R.
If you take away their breath, they perish
    and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth. R.

Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; 
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.

As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Sequence

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
    Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
    Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
    Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
    And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
    Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
    In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
    Give them joys that never end. Amen.
    Alleluia.

Alleluia

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love. R.

Gospel

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"A New Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost Sunday" from Letters From Home by Dr. Scott Hahn. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

catechesis

A daily morsel of Catholic education and faith formation.

Mary

Rosary

Question or Common Objection:

The rosary is against the Bible.  In Matthew’s Gospel it says, “When you pray do not use vain repetition.”

Catholic Answer:

Jesus was against “vain” or insincere repetition, not all repetition.  Even Jesus used repetition.

He prayed a third time, saying the same words.”

Matthew 26:44

Jesus also tells us in Matthew’s Gospel to pray in secret, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pray together in church.  These two admonitions are against superficial prayer.

Anybody who has prayed the Rosary (who has really prayed the Rosary with heartfelt attention and sincerity) knows she is entering into the deepest mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ.  The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition.  It’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn’t have to be.  Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother.

I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Each day the Catholic faithful pray one of the different Mysteries of the Rosary.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary.  

For more, please visit our blog site each day and you will encounter the mysteries of the Rosary for that day.  So, be not afraid!  Join us as we prayerfully meditate on the life of Christ, our Lord and Savior, through the eyes of his Blessed Mother.

Other References:  Mt 6:6, 15:8-9; Rev 4:8

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catechism of the Catholic Church

For information about what the Catholic Church believes, answers to FAQs, and an encompassing resource addressing common objections and misconceptions non-Catholics and Catholics alike may have about the Church and what it teaches, we invite you to visit the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

 

additional bible study


"Day 143: Solomon Asks for Wisdom" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!


An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.

 

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope
 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
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