May 15, 2016


May 15, 2016:  Pentecost

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Legend below


  • Envía tu Espíritu/ Hurd; caveat:  recording has the original "Sea renovada..." ("Let/may [the face of the earth] be renewed") that sounds like "Se ha renovada..."("[The face of the earth] has been renewed") (sheet music); he shifted it an eighth note (sheet music) so it sounds right.  (Ignore the video's lyrics typos.)  Updated recording (but cut short)

For next Sunday (just written)

  • Gn 11:1-9  When the world spoke the same language, they said to one another, “Let's build a city and a tower to the sky and make a name for ourselves; or else we'll be scattered.”  The Lord said:  “If they started this now, nothing will stop them later. Let's confuse their language.”  He scattered them, and they stopped building.  It was called Babel, because there the Lord confused their speech. 
    "Tower of Babel"
  • Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b  Lord to Moses:  “Tell the Israelites: You've seen how I treated the Egyptians and bore you up and brought you to myself.  If you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you'll be my special possession, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.”  When Moses summoned the elders and told them, the people answered together, “We'll do all the Lord has said.”  On the third day there was thunder and lightning, a cloud, and a trumpet blast, and all in the camp trembled, but Moses led them out to meet God.   The Lord came down in fire, the mountain trembled, the trumpet blast grew louder; God answered with thunder and summoned Moses. 
  • Ez 37:1-14  The Lord led me out in the spirit of the Lord to the plain, filled with dry bones.  "Can these bones come to life?" / “Lord, you alone know.” / "Prophesy over them:  'Dry bones, hear the Lord!  "I'll bring spirit into you, that you may live and know I'm Lord."'  As I prophesied, I heard them rattle as they came together; sinews, flesh, and skin, but no spirit.  The Lord told me, "Prophesy to the spirit:  'The Lord says:   "Spirit, breathe into these that they may live."'"  As I prophesied, spirit came into them; they came alive.   Then he told me:  "These bones are the house of Israel.  They've been saying, 'We're dried up and cut off, our hope lost.'  Prophesy:  'The Lord says:  "I'll have you rise from your graves and bring you back to Israel.  Then you'll know I'm Lord.  I'll put my spirit in you that you may live, I'll settle you, and you'll know I'm Lord."'"
  • Jl 3:1-5  I'll pour out my spirit upon all flesh.  Your children shall prophesy, old men dream dreams, young men see visions.  I'll work wonders on the day of the Lord, when everyone who calls on the Lord's name shall be rescued.... 
  • Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30  "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth."  Bless the Lord!  Lord, you are great, majestic, and glorious, robed with light.  How manifold your works, wrought in wisdom.  Creatures look to you for food; when you give it, they're filled with good things.  If you take away their breath, they perish, but when you send your spirit, they are created, and you renew the earth. 
  • Rom 8:22-27  All creation is groaning in labor pains, and we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan as we wait for adoption and redemption.  In hope we were saved.  As we hope for what we don't see and wait with endurance, the Spirit comes to help our weakness.  We don't know how to pray, but the Spirit intercedes, and the one who searches hearts knows the Spirit's intention, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. 
  • Jn 7:37-39  “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Living water will flow from within those who believe in me.”  Jesus said this in reference to the Spirit that believers were to receive.  There was no Spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
  • Acts 2:1-11  When they were together, a noise like a strong wind filled the house, tongues as of fire rested on each apostle, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues. Jews from every nation were confused because each one heard them in his own language.  Astounded, they asked, “Aren't they all Galileans?  We're from all over, so how does each of us hear them speak of God's mighty acts?”
  • Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34  "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth."  Lord, my God, you and your works are great!  I'll be glad in the Lord.
  • 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13  There are different gifts but the same Spirit, different kinds of service but the same Lord, different workings but the same God who produces them.  To each person the Spirit is manifested for some benefit.  As a body is one though it has many parts, so also Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, and we were all given one Spirit. 
  • Rom 8:8-17  If God's Spirit dwells in you, you're in the spirit, not the flesh.   If Christ is in you, the spirit is alive.  If the Spirit is in you, God will give you life through the Spirit.  If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you'll live.  Those led by God's Spirit are God's children.  You received a Spirit of adoption through whom we cry "Papa," not a spirit of slavery to fall into fear.  The Spirit bears witness that we're God's children, heirs of God, if only we suffer with him so that we may be glorified with him.

  • Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26  “If you love me, you'll keep my commandments, the Father and I will dwell with you, and the Father will love you and give you another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.”
    • “Pentecost” comes from Greek πεντηκοστή (pentekoste), “50th”; it's tied to the Jewish Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), 7 × 7 days (a 'week of weeks') after the 2nd day of Passover.  Passover celebrates the freeing of the Jews from slavery; Shavuot celebrates their becoming God’s holy people by receiving and accepting the Law; and the counting of the days symbolises yearning for the Law.  Shavuot, a pilgrimage festival, was a good time for the Spirit to come and inspire preaching to all nations.  Easter freed us from slavery; Pentecost gave us the Spirit to make us Church.
      The Descent of the Holy Ghost/ Titian
    • Creighton:  "Healing our fear":  Fear can be a strong influence on us.  The disciples' doors were locked because of fear, maybe that they'd be killed too.  Jesus appeared, but even that didn't remove their fear, but the gift of the Holy Spirit did.  They went out to proclaim Jesus at great peril.  The Spirit, the Consoler, removes fear.  Those who receive the “Spirit of adoption,” are not to live in fear but in confidence.  Today the images of light, water, and wind give clues to the Spirit's work.  The Spirit gives us courage to overcome our fear.  Where does fear touch me?  Where am I sitting behind locked doors?  May we welcome the Spirit to those places to pour in the gift of courage.
    • One Bread, One Body:  "The Pentecostal cycle":  Happy birthday to the Church!  Before receiving the Spirit, we must repent, removing the plank; after, we are to proclaim repentance and forgiveness.  Jesus commanded:  "If you forgive sins, they're forgiven...."  We can have a cycle resulting in ever greater life in the Spirit.
    • Passionist:  At Pentecost we pray that the gifts of the Spirit be poured out throughout the earth, that grace fill us all, and that the “gift of the Holy Spirit may retain all its force and gain for us eternal redemption.  Pope Francis recalls the image of the soul as a sailboat, the Spirit as the wind that fills its sails and drives it forward, and the gusts of wind as the gifts of the Spirit (5-19-13 homily).  May this strong wind fill us with the Spirit's power.
    •  "They were filled with the Holy Spirit!"  Jesus promised to give his disciples the Spirit; he know they'd need the Spirit's power to carry out their mission.  As the Spirit anointed Jesus, so we need his anointing to carry out our mission, to live in love, peace, joy, and justice.  The Spirit fills us with God's love and gives us strength and courage to live as Jesus' disciples.  The Spirit helps us in our weakness and enables us to grow in freedom from doubt, fear, and slavery to our unruly desires.  The Spirit instructs us in God's ways, guides us in living according to his will, and gives all holiness.  Isaiah foretold the Spirit would give wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.  Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension made the outpouring of the Spirit possible.  The Spirit gives us new life; God re-creates us for his glory.  Jesus' gift of peace includes forgiveness of sins and fullness of good.
    "The Spirit restores paradise to us and the way to heaven and adoption as God's children; he instills confidence that we may call God Father, and he grants us the grace to be children of the light and enjoy eternal glory.  He bestows blessings in this world and the next; for we may contemplate now the promised things we'll someday enjoy.  If this is the foretaste, what must the reality be?..." (Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit)
    The Lord offers each of us the power of his Spirit to strengthen our faith, hope, and love.  "If you... know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father give the Spirit to those who ask!"
    Dress legend
    • 'Holy Spirit' chain: They were all filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts); lots of other references
    • 'Lightning bolt' pin:  "There were peals of thunder and lightning" (Exodus)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Your young men shall see visions" (Joel)
    • 'Blood drop' pin:  "The moon will be turned to blood" (Joel)
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  "Everyone who 'calls' on the Lord shall be rescued" (Joel)
    • 'Clock' tie bar (oops; forgot this one):  We wait with endurance (Romans)
    • 'Olympics' tie pin:  "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth." (psalm)
    • 'Creatures' tie:  "The earth is full of your creatures" (psalm)
    • 'Girl with heart' pin: "Shine within these hearts"; "Bend the stubborn heart" (sequence); "the one who searches hearts" (Romans); love, a fruit of the Spirit (1 Cor)
    • 'Jubilee year' button:  joy, a fruit of the Spirit (1 Cor)
    • 'Key' tie pin: "when the doors were locked, Jesus came:..."  (gospel)
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  "...Peace!... Receive the Holy Spirit." (gospel); peace, a fruit of the Spirit (1 Cor)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  Jesus showed them his hands and side (gospel)
    • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  Dry bones (Ezekiel); one body, many parts (1 Cor)
    • Orange suspenders:  The Lord came down in fire (Exodus); tongues as of fire (Acts)
    • Red and white shirt:  red for Holy Spirit, white for (last day of the) Easter season

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