Today’s Lenten Reflection
Solemnity of Pentecost, Sunday, May 20
Excitement and Chaos
Today’s Readings: Acts 2:1–11; Psalm 104:1– 2, 24, 29 – 30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b– 7, 12 –13 or Galatians 5:16 – 25; John 20:19 – 23 or 15:26 – 27; 16:12 –15. The scene we hear about in Acts 2 is filled with excitement and a bit of chaos. Imagine yourself gathered with the faithful disciples and suddenly you hear “a sound like the rush of a violent wind” and see tongues of fire appearing. What comes to your mind? The disciples were still processing the death and Resurrection of Christ and discerning their next move. Jesus promised them an Advocate that would send them to the ends of the earth. Jesus trained them to go out to tell of God’s mercy and love, but fear and uncertainty locked them away. During Lent, the Church invited us to turn away from sin, and during these fifty days of Easter, we celebrated the gift of God’s redemption. Today, as we close our formal celebration of Easter, we reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit filling the hearts of disciples throughout the ages. At Baptism, we received the Holy Spirit, who sends us forth to share the Gospel. How have you been roused by the Holy Spirit to work within your community and to share the Good News?
© 2018 Liturgy Training Publications; 800-933-1800. Written by Timothy A. Johnston. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on June 23, 2017.