Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


Readings for Pentecost Sunday,
May 20 (Cycle B)
Readings for The Most Holy Trinity, May 27 (Cycle B)
First Reading:  Acts 2:1-11
Second Reading:  1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13
Gospel:  John 20:19-23
First Reading:  Dt. 4:32-34, 39-40
Second Reading:  Rom. 8:14-17
Gospel:  Mt. 28:16-20

The start of Lent probably feels like long ago.  We began that journey marked with ashes, reminded of our earthiness and our limitations.  Hopefully we laid aside some of what weighs us down so that as we moved from the cross into resurrection, we could be more spacious and open to possibility.  The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of PentecostIt is considered the birthday of the Church and falls 50 days after Easter.  

 In today’s Gospel, we learn that the apostles are locked in the upper room “for fear of the Jews”.  Empowered by the Spirit, they did overcome their fears.  At Pentecost the gift of the Spirt filled the disciples with the energy and power to speak so that people from many nations could understand them.   

Matthew tells us that the apostles now recognize Jesus in his risen life and they worship him.  Jesus drew near to them as he always draws near to humankind.
Having formed them as his disciples, he now sends them forth in turn to make disciples of all nations.  They are to baptize people in such a way that they will be seen as sons and daughters of God.  The trinity – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – describes an experience of the one, true God who creates, liberates and makes holy. 


Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

The disciples had doubts but they worshiped Jesus nonetheless.  How do you hold fast to your faith – especially when fear and anxiety overcome you?

What events or persons in your life have helped you to live your faith more openly or courageously?

What images come to mind when you hear the term Holy Trinity?

How are you answering Jesus’ call to be a disciple?


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