The Weekend of June 8-9
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father David joins us this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost!
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
In the First Reading, the Apostles are all in one place together when suddenly there is a noise from the sky like a driving wind. Then flames appear and come to rest on each of them. They are filled with the Holy Spirit and to speak in different languages as the Spirit enables them. A large crowd of devout Jews from every nation gathers and listens to the Apostles. The crowd is amazed because each one hears the Apostles speaking in their own language of the mighty acts of God.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
In the Second Reading, Paul writes that no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, different forms of service, different workings, but the same Spirit who produces all of them in everyone. The Holy Spirit gives to each person. Just like a body is one though it is made up of many parts, so is Jesus. Through one Spirit, we are all baptized into one body.
Gospel John 20:19-23
In the Gospel, the Apostles are locked in a room out of fear for the Jews. Jesus appears and stands in the room with them. He tells them “Peace be with you.” He shows them His hands and side. The disciples rejoice at the sight of Jesus. He says to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” He breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, ans whose sins you retain are retained.”
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
Once again this year, Dick Beaves challenges everyone to wear red (the liturgical color of Pentecost) to Mass this weekend!
Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s the idea that even the tiniest of actions, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, can make huge differences in the world. During Lent, we were renewed by the Holy Spirit much like a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Now it’s time for us to “flap our wings” and change the lives of others. Join us this Easter as we learn to follow the Spirit and help the world be Transformed!
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