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Pentecost Sunday, year C

Posté par diaconos le 4 juin 2019

The Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). In Christian tradition, this event represents the birth of the early Church. In Eastern Christianity, Pentecost can also refer to the entire fifty days of Easter through Pentecost inclusive; hence the book containing the liturgical texts is called the "Pentecostarion". Since its date depends on the date of Easter, Pentecost is a moveable feast.

The Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2, 1–31). In Christian tradition, this event represents the birth of the early Church. In Eastern Christianity, Pentecost can also refer to the entire fifty days of Easter through Pentecost inclusive; hence the book containing the liturgical texts is called the « Pentecostarion ». Since its date depends on the date of Easter, Pentecost is a moveable feast.

First reading – It was called Babel, because it was there that the Lord confused the language of the inhabitants of the whole earth ».

11,1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.
11,2 And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
11,3 And they said to one another, « Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly. » And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.
11,4 Then they said, « Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. »
11, 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built.
11, 6 And the LORD said, « Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
11,7 Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech. »
11,8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
11,9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Gn 11, 1-9)

 Second reading « The Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groans »

Reading of the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans

Brothers, we know that well, the whole creation moans, it goes through the pains of a childbirth that still lasts. And she’s not alone. We too, in ourselves, we moan ; we began to receive the Holy Spirit, but we’re waiting for our adoption. and the redemption of our body.

For we have been saved, but it is in hope ; what we see, how can we still hope for it ? But we, who hope for what we don’t see, we look forward to it with perseverance. Moreover, the Holy Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray properly. The Spirit himself intercedes for us by inexpressible moans.

And God, who scrutinizes hearts, knows the intentions of the Spirit since it is according to God that the Spirit intercedes for the faithful.  (Rm 8, 22-27)

Gospel   Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.  Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (Jn 14, 15-15 ; 23-26)

Homily He’ll make you understand everything I’ve told you !

« If anyone loves me, he will remain faithful to my word; my Father will love him, we will come to him, we will stay with him. He who does not love me will not remain faithful to my words » (Jn 14, 23-24a)
This is the only manifestation that God has decided to make: he comes to dwell in the hearts of those who welcome him and believe in him.

He will only be recognized as really present by the people who really love him ! If anyone loves me, we will come to him »: Christ affirms that he is now present through those who love him, through the true believers, in whom he dwells. Between people who love each other, there is listening, dialogue, speech, communication.

« The Word you hear is not mine; it is the Father’s, who sent me. »  ( Jn 14, 24b)  Jesus reveals to us, here, one of the bases of true Christian life: the meditation of the Word as a sacrament of God’s presence. In this farewell speech, from Holy Thursday to the evening, Jesus speaks of a word to which we are faithful, a word lived, that is to say a word that is put into practice.

The Word of Jesus is not one thing, it is someone : Jesus having gone away, there is another who comes to take over, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus: it is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit adds nothing to Jesus, just as Jesus added nothing to the Father: These are three who are one !

The Holy Spirit is the one who communicates all of God’s life to humanity. It is the Holy Spirit who will help the Church to gradually understand God’s gift, revealed in Jesus Christ. And today, the Holy Spirit is still at work : « I am with you until the end of time, » said Jesus. The Church still has much to understand, to discover and to live and this is even more true for each of us.

It is important to understand that the feast of Pentecost (First Reading) did not only take place for the apostles: the violent wind was also perceived by a multitude of men and women in Jerusalem: everyone heard the wonders of God proclaimed in their own language. (Acts 2, 5-11)

For one person to recognize in the word of another, the Word of God, there must be the action of the Holy Spirit. « It is therefore the Holy Spirit himself who affirms to our spirit that we are children of God »   The feast of Pentecost is not only the feast of the birth of the Church by the powers transmitted to the apostles, but it is also the feast of the renewal of the world by the action of the Holy Spirit, which gradually leads all humanity to an understanding of Jesus’ message : « The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will give you back in memory all that I have told you!  » ( Jn 14, 26)
Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to teach us to understand and live the Gospel today.
Amen

Deacon Michel Houyoux

External links

◊ Learn Religions → Day of Pentecost Bible Story Study Guide

Pentecost Sunday-Feast of the Holy Ghost 5-23-10

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