Sunday, June 4, 2017


The Season of Easter concludes with today’s liturgical celebration, the Feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today’s first reading. Today Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.
Today’s Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.  St. Angela in her writings said to “spread peace and concord wherever you are” and to “remain in harmony, one heart, one will.”  She reminds us to continue the mission of Jesus in all that we do and say.  Let us live this day in peace and pray for those who were injured or killed in London yesterday.  May all violence cease.

Pat Schifini, OSU

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