The Solemnity of Pentecost

Todays’ readings Words contain a lot of power.  We know that well, because sometimes we say the wrong things, or these days, text the wrong things, and we see how it upsets people we love.  And equally we experience the power of someone saying just the right thing at the right time and we see… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We say these words every Sunday, we will say them in just a few minutes.  They are… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today we’re gathered on what is, for us, the eve of the Ascension.  While the reading that we have in today’s Gospel is from John’s account of the eve of the Passion, the words could well have been spoken to the Apostles on the eve of the Ascension too.  So Jesus is speaking… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings In our first reading this morning, we have from the Acts of the Apostles a rather defining moment for the early Church. Jesus hadn’t given them a precise rule book of how to make the Church develop: he simply sent them out to baptize. But he also told them to make disciples of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We say these words every Sunday, and unfortunately I think they can become a little rote. … Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Christ Instructing Nicodemus Crijn Hendricksz, 1604

Today’s readings Today, after having completed the Easter Octave yesterday, we begin the second phase of our Easter celebration.  Now we begin the preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the first Apostles, and later to each Christian believer. We have in our Gospel today the emergence of the interesting figure of Nicodemus.… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time: Mass of the Holy Spirit

Today’s readings This is the first school Mass of the year, so I celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience, when you’re talking to someone, that you feel like you’re not both having the same conversation. Or you feel like, even though you’re both speaking English,… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time: Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter 

Today’s readings I don’t believe in coincidences. Being in the right place at the right time isn’t usually a coincidence. Far more often than we realize, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit. Certainly that is the case in today’s first reading. How else would we explain an angel directing Philip to be on a… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Easter 

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter 

Today’s readings In these Easter days, the Scriptures begin to speak to us about the gift of the Holy Spirit. This gift, is not rationed, as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel reading. This gift is empowering and renewing and, according to the Psalmist, de-marginalizing. We all know the kind of men the Apostles were.… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Easter 

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. That line from Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians at the beginning of our second reading today says more about the Holy Spirit than we might catch at first. Words contain a lot of power. We know that well, because… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost