May 28, 2023: Pentecost Sunday (Mass during the Day)
Gospel: John 20:19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
On Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the Church, the body of Christ made up of many diverse persons with diverse gifts all to be used to build up the church and glorify God on Earth by sharing our gifts. We all have special gifts that help us to go out into the world and spread the love of God to all. And God is always with us to help us fulfill our mission.
This week, how can I spread the word of God and the knowledge of God’s unending love to those whom I meet? Of all the possible ways, select one or two that you will really strive to do — remembering always that God gives us the strength to fulfill this mission.