Homily :: June 4, 2017
06/04/17: Pentecost: Day – Solemnity
06/04/17: Pentecost: Day - Solemnity - Fr Dave Reeson
06/04/17: Pentecost: Day - Solemnity - Fr Pat Nields
06/04/17: Pentecost: Day - Solemnity - Fr Dennis Hanneman
(9:21, 8.57 MB)
06/04/17: Pentecost: Day - Solemnity - Fr Tony Ike
(11:25, 10.4 MB)
Like the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the Lectionary gives some options for this day in the various years of the three-year cycle of readings.
In all years we hear the wonderful reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which describes how people from all over the known world, from Parthia, Media and Elam (current Iran and parts of places as far away as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan), Mesopotamia (Iraq), Judea (with Galilee made up Israel) Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia (Asia minor) Egypt, Libya (North Africa), Rome.
The Greeks get added to the procession of nations in the first option in all years for the second reading, where we are all called to be baptized and so share in the one Holy Spirit.
Pentecost is one of the few days left in the liturgical calendar that calls for the use of the Sequence. The Sequence is a poetic text, designed to be sung, which prepares us to better hear the message that we know is coming, the message of the Gospel.
The Gospel for Pentecost is taken from the Gospel of John. It is the scene from Easter evening, when Jesus bestows the Holy Spirit.
By Glenn CJ Byer, MA SLD © 2005, OCP. All rights reserved.