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HomeReflectionSunday Reflection - 19 May 2024

Sunday Reflection – 19 May 2024

Pentecost Solemnity/ Mass during the Day

Also Read: Mass Readings for 19 May 2024 Homily for 19 May 2024 – Sunday

First Reading: Acts 2: 1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. (1-2)

They were all together in one place and though the sound of a violent wind rushed in, they were not afraid. They were filled with the power of God! They allowed themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit and were given “tongues”! Several languages were being spoken at the same time but there was no confusion or cacophony! (We might want to ponder on the difference between the story of the Tower of Babel and the Upper Room Experience!) It was the work of God and their words proclaiming the Good News were heard clearly and resoundingly by those gathered around the Upper Room! The Wisdom of God descended mightily upon the apostles that day of the Pentecost- the seeds sown then, have been bearing fruit ever since; through the working of God!

Therefore, we ask the Lord to lead us to the place where we are one- in our heart, our home, our church community, et al! Let us seek out the Lord while he may be found. Even in the midst of diversity, we can have unity – unity of mind, heart, and spirit.

We ask the Lord, the Holy Spirit to bless our tongues, our hands, and our feet as we incline our hearts to listen and act upon the whispers of wisdom he offers! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104: 1, 24, 29-31, 34

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. (1-2)

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works! (31)

Let us remember that we too are the works of the Lord’s hand.

Amen, Alleluia!

Second Reading: First Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (7)

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (13)

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit, we are blessed to be a blessing to others! The gifts granted to us must be utilized for the common good of others! We must not shy away from sharing our talents, time, treasures, and tenderness with those around us. Let us develop the courage and the humility to reach out to those in need whether spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally!

We could start with being kind to those around us. Then by volunteering our time to our local parish and any other way we could support our brothers and sisters.

We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and let us heed the call, In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Gospel: John 15: 26-27; 16: 12-15

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (Jn 16:13-15)

Before his Passion, Lord Jesus Christ shares here about how he still has many things to reveal to his disciples and those will be disclosed by the Holy Spirit after he ascends to Heaven. Through his empathy for the disciples, Jesus realizes the burden they will bear and hence promises the advocate and counselor. Therefore, we must find our joy in the Lord’s strength. (Neh. 8:10) We find wisdom, courage, faith, and hope through the Holy Spirit.

To walk in His light, we must find solace in the Word of God; that is the Holy Bible! The Words written centuries ago are resoundingly true today! We find pearls of wisdom in the pages touched by the finger of God! As we ponder on these words in our heart and mind, we will find hidden treasures that can illuminate our path. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas
Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas
Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas is a Former Teacher and an avid Bible-Reader. With her flair for the language, she now divides her time blogging and writing on Catholic and other Spiritual topics. When not volunteering she loves baking, reading, and singing.

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