Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

Come Holy Spirit.

This week we are invited to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit and the fruits that grow from the Spirit’s guidance. We may remember our own personal Pentecost, the Sacrament of Confirmation or other outpourings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The opportunity to reflect on the Holy Spirit in our lives opens us to the power and grace that God has poured into our hearts. Specifically this gift has been given to us that we may be witnesses to Christ.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

When Pentecost day came around, the apostles had all met in one room… and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. (Acts 2:1,3)

  • Have you ever had an extraordinary experience when together with a group?
  • Have you ever had an extraordinary experience of God’s presence?
  • When have you felt filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • Listen to the Lord who gives you the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Monday.

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 103: cf v.30)

  • What needs renewed in your life?
  • What needs renewed in your family?
  • What needs renewed in your world?
  • Listen to the Lord who renews you.

 

Tuesday.

 If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. (Galatians 5:16-17)

  • When is self-indulgence a problem for you?
  • Have you ever been the victim of someone else’s self-indulgence?
  • When have you not carried out your good intentions?
  • Listen to the Lord who guides you.

 

Wednesday.

What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

  • Spend a few moments with each of these nine fruits.
  • Ask yourself where you are seeing them grow.
  • Ask yourself where you need to see them grow.
  • Listen to the Lord who brings you to fruition.

 

Thursday.

Alleluia, alleluia. Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

  • When have you felt the fire of love in your heart?
  • What is your heart filled with currently?
  • Ask the Lord to kindle the fire of love in your heart.
  • Listen to the Lord who fills you.

 

Friday

When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to your from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be my witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset. (John 15:26-27)

  • How has the Holy Spirit helped you to witness to the Lord?
  • Who has witnessed to you in the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • Spend a moment reflecting on the Blessed Trinity.
  • Listen to the Lord who gives you the Advocate.

 

Saturday

When the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt. (John 16:13-14)

  • When are you ‘economical with the truth’?
  • What have you learnt from God?
  • Who are you completely truthful with?
  • Listen to the Lord who speaks the complete truth to you.
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