Vol: 44, No.33 PENTECOST SUNDAY ( A) June 04 2017  
 
LITURGY AND LIFE

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and of the Son. The relationship between the Father and the Son is one of giving and receiving without limit. The Father gives himself totally to the Son and the Son gives himself totally to the Father. This total giving of the Father and the Son without limit generates the third person of the Trinity.
The first reading of today presents the Spirit as strong rushing wind. It represents the creative force of God in human beings and in the world. The second and the gospel reading present the Spirit as the giver of various gifts for the building up of the communities.

Role of the Spirit
The salvation history reveals the role of the Spirit down through the centuries. Filled with the spirit, the seventy elders began to prophesy (Num 11:25); the extraordinary force of Samson is attributed to the Spirit (Jud 14:6); the election of David as the King of Israel is an action of the Spirit (1 Sam 16:1-13). Coming to the New Testament, Mary the mother of Jesus is full of grace, i.e., full of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:28); urged by the Spirit, Zechariah wants his son to be called John (Lk 1:63); and finally Jesus is generated by the Spirit. The first reading portrays the role of the Spirit in the lives of the apostles: they began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. It is one way of God’s intervention

 

in the world to bring renewal and awakening. The expression, “We hear them in our own native language” is a sign that the Good News proclaimed will bring the divided people into one family, the family of God. Gift of tongue is one of the manifestations of the Spirit. With the reception of this gift, one is able to praise and glorify God with words which they themselves do not understand. Those who become instruments of God in this manner experience deep joy for the fact of becoming an instrument in the hands of God. In the second reading, Paul is very emphatic in saying that the gifts have value only in so far as they are used for the good of all. Paul also wants to clarify that no one should claim to possess superior gifts as all gifts have the same source and are to be valued.

Docility to the spirit
Our reflection on the Holy Spirit should lead us, first of all, to recognize the presence and role of the Spirit in us, in the Church and in the history of salvation. Secondly, we must listen to the promptings of the Spirit. It is also necessary to discern the Spirit in prayer, meditation and in listening to the teaching of the Church. Finally, it is also imperative that we become docile to the actions of the Spirit so that we become efficient instruments in the hands of God for the renewal of self and of the world.

– Fr (Dr) Devasia Joseph, SSP
June 2017 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 1
05 Mon (R) St Boniface Tob 1:3; 2:1-8/ Ps 112:1-6/ Mk 12:1-12
06 Tue (G) St Norbert Tob 2:9-14/ Ps 112:1-2, 7-9/ Mk 12:13-17
07 Wed G) Tob 3:1-11, 16-17/ Ps 25:2-9/ Mk 12:18-27
08 Thu (G) Bl. Mariam Thresia Tob 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9/ Mk 12:28-34
09 Fri (G) St Ephrem of Syria Tob 11:5-17/ Ps 146:1-2, 6-10/ Mk 12:35-37
10 Sat (G) Tob 12:1, 5-15, 20/ Tob 13:2, 6-8/ Mk 12:38-44
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