May 18, 2015

May 18

May 18, 2015:  Monday, Seventh Week of Easter

  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came..." (1st reading)
  • '?' tie pin:  "You don't need to have anyone question you." (gospel)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  "I've told you this so you have peace in me" (gospel)
  • 'Hot air balloons' tie:  "Jesus has been taken up to heaven and will return." (Sunday 1st reading)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  "You'll receive power when the Spirit comes" (Sunday 1st reading)
  • White shirt:  Easter season

Listen to music for today and Pentecost novena

  • Acts 19:1-8  Paul / disciples at Ephesus:  “Did you receive the Holy Spirit?” / “We never heard of a Holy Spirit.” / “How were you baptized?” / “John's baptism.” / “John told people to repent and believe in Jesus.”  He baptized them in Jesus' name and laid hands on them, and the Spirit came upon them.  For three months they debated boldly about the Kingdom.
  • Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab  "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth."  God arises; his enemies are scattered like smoke is driven away and wax melts, but the just rejoice.  God is father of orphans and defender of widows...
  • Jn 16:29-33  Disciples / Jesus:  “Now we realize you know everything and believe you came from God.” / “The hour has arrived when you'll be scattered and leave me alone, but the Father is with me.  I tell you so you might have peace in me.  You'll have trouble in the world, but take courage; I've conquered the world.”
    • Creighton:  Between Ascension and Pentecost, we're challenged to consider what God’s Spirit causes to happen in our lives.  We should long to be filled with the Spirit so we can cooperate with God to transform creation.  Tragedy and  suffering surround us, but the Spirit conquers our fear, and Christ’s love, made concrete in self-giving human love, drives out despair....
      The Ascension/ Dossi
    • One Bread One Body:  The 12 Ephesians gave their lives to Jesus and received the Spirit because they'd received John's baptism of repentance.  At the first Christian Pentecost, Peter told the people to repent to receive the Spirit.  On Easter evening, Jesus commanded his apostles to receive the Spirit, then delegated them to forgive sins.  The baptism of repentance accompanies the baptism in the Spirit.  When we repent, we become open to the Spirit.  When I repent, all heaven rejoices....
    • Passionist:  Jesus acknowledges the disciples' faith but warns them of troubles to come.  When we come up against opposition, courage can fail us.  Our tests come disguised as daily events.  May we stand with Jesus and in moments of trial, believing he's conquered the world....
    •  Jesus speaks plainly about his mission to redeem the world through love.  He warned his disciples they'd be tested and would fail, but he met the betrayal and abandonment with love and prayer for them.  He reassures them, and us, of his peace, love, and victory.  He'll never forget us or fail to help us.  He gives us the Holy Spirit to strengthen us with faith, courage to overcome adversity, and perseverance, fill us with hope, and reassure us with a confident trust in God's presence....

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