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The Solemnity of Pentecost

June 8, 2014

UNCOMFORTABLE RECEPTION

Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, but how do we receive it?  It happens when we lose.  It is born in anxiety and fear, because only then are we ready to receive help – when we are no longer capable of the task on our own accord.  That IS what happens in the upper room is it not – what we hear about in our readings today?

And this is uncomfortable.  We prefer self-reliance and independence.  We want to believe we can win, be in control.  But the fact that we are wearing red reminds us that we are not.

Pentecost celebrates the birth of the Church, which means that our existence comes out of our ability to receive what we do not have.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23).

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