Celebrating Pentecost: May 31, 2020!
The Church is alive. We — you and me and all of us who dare to call Jesus “Lord” — are the living Body of Christ on earth. We are the hands of Christ reaching out to comfort, to heal, to feed, to sacrifice for those in bondage. We are the feet of Christ — always on the move, always bearing the message of love and mercy and repentance, always walking beside the poor and the forgotten and the brokenhearted. We are the heart of Christ — overflowing with compassion and brimming with hope.
WATCH: Pentecost in Two Minutes: https://youtu.be/J5tr4pqWIo4
The Holy Spirit sent by Jesus at Pentecost is the breath that animates this Body. Without this life-giving breath, the Church ceases to live. It becomes a dead thing. An artifact. A series of ornate buildings suitable only as museums or mausoleums. As Saint Oscar Romero said, the Church must remain utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit and not on worldly power or wealth if she is to remain beautiful, strong, and the voice of the fierce and loving Christ on earth. This goes for us, too — you and me and all of us. This Pentecost (and every day) we are called to remember our reliance on the Holy Spirit and our commission to serve and to love with courage and humility.
Are you new to celebrating Pentecost in the Catholic tradition? No sweat! Here are some ideas from this convert to get you started:
Prayer of the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Let them eat cake
Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Therefore, you need cake (okay … there’s no official obligation to have cake, but still … CAKE). This is our family favorite. Hint: Strawberries look a lot like tongues of fire.
Be grateful for the Gifts of the Spirit!
Take time today to think about the gifts the Spirit has bestowed on you.
Give thanks for these gifts and think of at least one way to share them with those in need.
Resources for younger children:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Here is a link to the Daily Readings - http://usccb.org/calendar/index.cfm?showLit=1&action=month
Credits: Deacon Tim Chriswell with Music by Mary Palmer & David Chriswell.
● For those who are suffering in the current outbreak of sickness that they may be healed, and for the happy repose of all who have died from this sickness in recent week; let us pray to the Lord
● For scientists, health professionals, public officials, and all who are serving the common good in this difficult and uncertain time, that they will be filled with wisdom and understanding; let us pray to the Lord
● That in times of illness, our merciful and loving Father will strengthen our faith and trust in his goodness and divine providence; let us pray to the Lord
● That our compassionate Father would touch all affected by the current outbreak with healing and peace; let us pray to the Lord
Gather as a family, or invite others online with Inspirational Speaker, Greg Wasinski, as he shares a live Internet presentation event to encourage all of us through the hope found in faith. Part personal motivation - part scriptural understanding, the evening is appropriate for all ages. Let's start great conversations with our family, friends, and communities.
Tune in at 7:00 PM for a livestream on Let Me Be Ministries Facebook page, our Bee TV YouTube Channel, and on the web site www.FaithandRealLife.com home page.
If you would like the reflection questions or additional resources for your church community related to this presentation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for surprise guest appearances, music reflections, and special giveaways.
The evening is presented in collaboration with Let Me Be... Ministries and Western Reserve Financial Associates - Thrivent Financial
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