May 31, 2020
The Day of Pentecost
Today’s festival derives its name from the Jewish festival of Pentecost, observed fifty days after Passover. On this fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires and unites. In the reading from Acts, images of wind and fire describe the Spirit poured out on disciples of all nations. In John’s gospel the risen Christ breathes the Spirit on His followers on Easter evening. In the one Spirit we were baptized into one body, and at the Lord’s table the Spirit unites us for witness in the world.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day You open the hearts of Your faithful people by sending into us Your Holy Spirit. Kindle in us the fire of Your love, and strengthen our lives for service in Your kingdom; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Festivals and Commemorations this week
The faithful are remembered on the day of their death, the day they are born anew in heaven. The "c" indicates an approximate date.
May 31 Visit of Mary to Elizabeth
Sometime after the Annunciation, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth greeted Mary with the words "Blessed are you among women," and Mary responded with her famous song, the Magnificat. Luke's gospel tells that even John the Baptist rejoiced and leapt in his mother's womb when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting. On this festival two women are seen: one, too old to have a child, bears the last prophet of the old covenant, and the other, still quite young, bears the incarnate Word and the new covenant.