For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and set them on fire with your love."
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
Gospel John 20:19-23 Readings Here
REFLECTION: To wish a person peace is to say, “I wish you all that is best for you. I wish you fullness of blessings in God’s presence.” Jesus arrives and wishes his disciples fullness of life. The one who is source of all life breathes this fullness into them in the form of his Spirit. The shalom, the peace he offers, is the gift of his own presence.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, send your Spirit once again to breathe new life into us. May the Holy Spirit’s breath fill us with new life. May it recreate our hearts and the heart of our needy world. Amen.
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Monday: Take quiet time today. Call upon the Holy Spirit to be with you in meditation. Reflect on the Spirit of God in your life.
Tuesday: At table tonight, reflect on your family as the “domestic church.” As you eat and break the bread, reflect on your unity with the wider church, your parish, diocese, the world. Pray your grace in thanksgiving for this.
Wednesday: At Pentecost we pray for the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth. All of creation is God’s family. Serve water at the meal tonight and thank God for this precious gift. Think of your responsibility to care for the earth.
Thursday: In your family prayer today, pray the Mysteries of Light, Video Here reflecting especially on the Transfiguration.
Friday: “Jesus came and stood before them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.” (John 20:19)
Do something today to bring peace to someone.
Saturday: Have a special dessert today, topped with fresh strawberries to represent the tongues of fire. Discuss with the family the gifts that you want the Holy Spirit to send to strengthen you as a family. Write them down.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit of God, come to us and make us into new persons. In the midst of our difficulties, give us new understanding and a new point of view. Change us from within and help us to see with new eyes. Amen.