Pentecost

The readings this week are Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; Paul’s first letter to the Corithians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Paul’s letter to the Romans 8:8-17; the sequence Veni, Sancte Spiritus; and John’s Gospel 20:19-23 or John’s Gospel 14:15-16, 23b-26.

The is the final Sunday in the Easter Season and the Holy Spirit is the thing of chief importance today. As we see above there are options this week of what the best readings are. Now we get fruits and gifts from the Holy Spirit. The fruits are attributes of a Christian Life according to Paul’s letter to the Galatians the fruits are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, and Chastity. It’s a dozen tips to living a good life.  The gifts are different  as there are only seven and are wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord (awe and wonder). Now these gifts are given to us at Baptism and are strengthened at Confirmation. We are not just given one of these gifts but we get the whole set and we should use them all our lives. Thomas Aquinas relates these gifts with the seven virtues. Let us all try to life our lives living out these gifts and fruits of the Spirit. As the Easter Season comes to an end and we return to Ordinary Time let us not forget about our Easter journey out into the world to spread the word of the Lord.

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