Gospel for the Feast of Pentecost—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.’”
What sense do you have as you reflect on this event?
Stay with that and let the Holy Spirit move you to prayer.
Heritage word—“Let us place ourselves quite close to this sweet and precious Spirit, so that we may all be purified.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)