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Reflection for Pentecost Sunday- 2020

Written on: May 28, 2020

First Reading: Acts 2: 1-11
Second Reading: 1Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John 20: 19-23


As we look out at the trees and flowers, there is a newness of creation everywhere.  Today there is a newness, completion to the Liturgical year as we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. There are so many ways to meditate on this special feast – from consideration of the meaning of the name itself to the way the apostles approached this feast. Perhaps we could start with the words of the Sequence:

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine

It was in that upper room that Jesus appeared to His apostles on Easter and today it is the Holy Spirit that rests on each person as a invisible tongue of fire, giving each one that special gift to speak – live.  On this special day let each one of us be quiet, open to the Spirit at this time as with the apostles when “suddenly there comes a noise like a strong driving wind, that fills the entire house. Then appear tongues of fire that come to rest on each one so that they are filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Wisdom-  exercise good judgment

Understanding-  have insight and discern meaning

Counsel-  inform, guide, warn, encourage.

Fortitude-  an unwavering commitment to God

Knowledge-  acquire information – use it for constructive purposes.

Fear of the Lord-  awe, reverence, and respect for God.

Piety-  live a decent life, devoted to God, obedient to His will.

Which tongue of fire does the Holy Spirit have for each of us at this time?

Come Holy Spirit,
        fill the hearts of your faithful,
                 kindle in them the fire of your love.
                         send forth your Spirit,
                                  they shall be created.
                                          You shall renew the face of the earth.

Sr. Jane O’Connor, GNSH spent most of her time in active ministry primarily in education, beginning with the “little ones” in second grade and finishing in high school, teaching science.  Sister Jane says, “Each grade level and each child was challenging and precious in their own way, though different.”  After retiring from teaching, Sister Jane worked with the homeless, learning about their problems and needs,  and  finding ways to help them.  She feels she is now in “another phase of life; being taken care of and learning of the gifts and needs of “senior citizens.”

Feature photo courtesy of Mateus Campos Felipe/Unsplash

7 thoughts on “Reflection for Pentecost Sunday- 2020

  1. Joan McElwain says:

    Thanks for the reflection on Pentecost and a reminder of the gifts of the Spirit.

  2. mary salvadore says:

    Thanks, Jane. I can always use the reminder of these special gifts of the Spirit to us. I am praying for all of them!!!

  3. Eileen White says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the gifts of the Spirit and how we, like the disciples, are given by God all that we need to enable us to speak, to live! Oh how we pray to cooperate with the Spirit in renewing the face of the earth!

  4. Maria Christi says:

    Thanks Jane for sharing the basic tenets of this great feast of PENTECOST.
    May we all be empowered by the SPIRIT with the gifts so needed at this time in our lives as we deal with the pandemic and societal unrest.

  5. greynun says:

    Thanks for sharing this practical reflection, Jane. Keeping our feet on the ground and living the days we are given while we welcome the gifts of the Spirit into our lives–a guide for one day at a time. So like you!

  6. KT CONNOR says:

    Jane, thanks so much for making the ephemeral so down to earth and right on point. I wish now I had seen this before the weekly Bible study we have on Sunday’s readings. It would have been perfect to share. Your thoughts are like skiing: from the heights to the practical basic. ;o) Thanks again.

  7. Rita Margraff says:

    Thank you, Jane. I am looking forward to this. Feast. A special time in the liturgical year. I could be greedy and want all the gifts. I think for all the gift of patience is needed as we continue through this pandemic.

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