This Sunday is Pentecost, the great celebration of the Church when we “remember” the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 50 days after Easter as they were huddled in the Upper Room. I think a close look at the prayers for Mass makes clear that we are “remembering” in the Biblical sense of the word.
This Sunday’s second reading from the first letter of Peter reminds us to “conduct ourselves with reverence during the time of sojourning. . . realizing that you have been ransomed . . . with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1: 17-19)
He is Risen! He is Truly Risen! Alleluia! In the Resurrection, Jesus truly conquered death and sin. Death could not hold him.
A Prayer to Begin Holy Week
“Lord Jesus, as we enter into Holy Week once again, I come before you to renew my love and gratitude, and to ask you to open my heart to all the special graces that this week contains. . . .
Into a time that has been named by one author* the Age of Noise, Mother Theresa spoke these words, “In the silence of the heart, God speaks.”