Pentecost Sunday June 5, 2022
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11~ Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…
Psalm 104 ~ Lord send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth.
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13~ For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Gospel: John 6:51-58 ~ 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 who’s sins you retain are retained.”
Pentecost is the Commencement Exercise (graduation ceremony)… except it is a true receiving of the Gift of the Holy Spirit… the Promise of God that was promised for generations. We are reminded of that promise from Mary, the Mother of Jesus at the Visitation.
All are welcome
All still learning, to hear, know, learn… The Good News
The Blind of Heart & Soul… See!
All have the Gifts to carry on… the Armor of Faith, Love, Hope, Family
We all need Father & Mother, Brother & Sister, Friends & Teachers
The whole church gathered:
The Bride & Spouse of Jesus
Proclaims the Good News
We as a Church cure the sick, raise the Dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons…
We are One Church united by the Fire of Love!
We are elders and children, families, singles, and widows. We are conservatives and liberals, in politics and faith. We are casual and formal; converts and cradle Catholics, prisoners and free. We are people of diverse roots and ways of life… On the Way One Way… same Boat… Looking out for each other. Jesus is the Captain of the ship and the servant steward.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because God has anointed me to bring Good News to the Poor. We are called to be love and be loving. To Love is to serve as Jesus.
Where am I?
What am I looking for?
Who do I say Jesus is?
Can I drink the cup of suffering that Jesus drank?
“O Lord close my lips and my mouth will praise.”
Tongues of Fire, not my own tongues.
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit when John kicked in her womb. Zechariah, Simeon, Anna and the Mother of Jesus were all filled with the Holy Spirit before proclaiming…
My Soul proclaims the greatness of God and my Spirit exults in God my Savior…. for he has looked with mercy on my lowliness… and the poor will be given good things, rich sent away empty…. the arrogant brought low, but the lowly raised up… for God remembers His Promise….
If God takes away our breath… we perish.
Your Spirit O God breathes life & love into all of us.
Water restores our dried out lives…
Jesus breathes on us… and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This is the Promise and Gift.
Our Gift is: The Spirit of God… the Breath of God… the Fire of God… the Gift of Life & Love itself…
The Way to Eternity…
We become ONE FLESH with God… impossible to separate for all eternity.