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This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 4 Pentecost Homily Prep

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-I will be celebrating mass at 9:30am and 6pm on Sunday

 A new Pentecost

 I was fascinated to learn that the feast of Pentecost, the Jewish feast, that all the Jews had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate is a feast of 50 days after Passover (that's the name penta = 50).   As Passover celebrated the exodus of God's chosen people from slavery in Egypt, Pentecost celebrated the descent of the law on Mount Sinai in fire.

 What we see is the apostles on Pentecost, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, receiving the new law of the Holy Spirit written not on tablets of stone but on the fleshy hearts of the  rely formed people of God, the newborn church.

 This is new insight for me and it is helpful for my understanding of what is the role and the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church. New law of God= "Love God and your neighbor as yourself"


Tom Sawyer said...

Yes love one another. This is the love of ecumenism by the Holy Spirit as being celebrated by Pope Francis with the Charismatic's of all denominations in Rome on this Pentecost to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic church. As one of the streams of grace, as Pope Francis has described it, the Holy Spirit's outpouring on Charismatics would be one of the forces of unity and the new evangelization. So Pentecost & the 12 tribes analogy is applied to the divisions within the church. It is much easier to do good for those who need it than to try and be reconciled with those whom you may not agree with and are not desperate. This is the exemplification of political, spiritual, & familial conflicts. It is Latin Mass / pre-Vatican II adherents & Charismatics. Love one another. Be one in unity.

Paula B. said...

Tom, that is so true, how much easier it is to help the needy (for instance, write a check, donate canned goods, etc,....all good actions, of course) than it is to love and forgive those that have a different point of view, be it politics, religion, family conflicts ...we need to build bridges, not walls
...hard work to love, love, and keep loving, always ...thank God for the Holy Spirit that makes all things possible and can help us through these challenging times!

Anonymous said...

Semi-spontaneous thoughts put into phrases about the Holy Spirit:
We should be uninhibited in the Spirit--the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is the Breath of God, the Spirit of Truth, the Counselor ( Paraclete ) to be with us forever, Holy Spirit to be with us forever--be at our side--be in us--guide us --Life in the Spirit, the explanation eludes our love because it is so rich, rivers of Living-Waters that are richly overflowing, Illumination in Baptism, be in the Fruits of the Spirit, the flames of Love, new beginnings, --We are Activated!