Sunday, May 23, 2010
Blessings on this Pentecost Sunday
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." Acts 2:1-4 (See also, John 1:29-34.)
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Is 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
These seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord, bring us the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit:
Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.”
For more, see the sidebar for today's mass readings(Scripture). It's especially beautiful today: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1,24,29-31,34;1 Cor 12:3-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23.
Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. Alleluia.