Weekly Bulletin for June 8, 2014

Weekly Bulletin for June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday

There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

— Acts 2:3

Bulletin for June 8, 2014

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

At last! The power hinted at and the Spirit promised are unleashed on this holy day. We call it the birthday of the church. Try to listen to today’s scripture pas- sages with some sense of how electrifying these events must have been to those who lived through them. Up until now, they have been waiting in the upper room. In today’s first reading, that room is filled with wind and fire and bold proclamations in foreign tongues.

In the second reading, Paul describes the Pentecost event, too. His description includes all of us. The Spirit lives on in the church in each of us who are members of the Body of Christ, given different gifts from the same Spirit. Only after Pentecost could the apostles look back and understand what Jesus meant when he said, as reported in today’s Gospel reading, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”