Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (B)

Gospel

Matthew 28: 16-20

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

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Prayer

A beautiful prayer to ponder from the 1973 edition of the Roman Missal:

God, we praise you:
Father all-powerful, Christ Lord and Saviour, Spirit of love.

You reveal yourself in the depths of our being,
drawing us to share in your life and your love.

One God, three Persons,
be near to the people formed in your image,
close to the world your love brings to life.

We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.

Song

‘The Deer’s Cry’ from The Pilgrim by Shaun Davey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DONuyLwWPaY

I arise today

Through the strength of Heaven
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendour of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of the sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock

I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s eye to look before me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to protect me

From all who shall wish me ill
Afar and a-near
Alone and in a multitude
Against every cruel
Merciless power
That may oppose my body and soul

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me

I arise today.

Anon. 8th Century, translated from old Irish by Kuno Meyer


Pentecost Sunday 2018

Pentecost Sequence

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The Pentecost Sequence, also known as the ‘Golden Sequence’, is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Roman Missal.

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow

Thou in toil art comfort sweet
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour thy dew
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will
Melt the frozen, warm the chill
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die
Give us life with thee on high
Give us joys that never end.

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Pope Francis on Pentecost

Then, there is something else: this Holy Spirit is a disaster because he never tires of being creative! Now, with the new forms of consecrated life, he is truly creative, with the charisms… It is interesting: he is the Author of diversity but at the same time the Creator of unity. This is the Holy Spirit. And with this diversity of charisms and many things, he makes the unity of the Body of Christ, and also the unity of consecrated life. And this too is a challenge. (Speech to participants in the International Convention of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, May, 2018)

Let us ask ourselves today: Are we open to God’s surprises? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? (Mass with ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

The Holy Spirit would appear to create disorder in the Church, since he brings the diversity of charisms and gifts; yet all this, by his working, is a great source of wealth. (Mass with the ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

Be open to the surprises of the Spirit. Have the grace of docility to the Spirit, to go along the path that the Lord Jesus wants for each one of us and for the entire Church. (Daily Mass in St. Martha chapel, April, 2016)

The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going, that makes us feel like pilgrims and foreigners and doesn’t allow us to get comfortable and become sedentary. (General audience in preparation for Pentecost, May, 2017)

The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit. Closing oneself off from the Holy Spirit means not only a lack of freedom; it is a sin. There are many ways one can close oneself off to the Holy Spirit: by selfishness for one’s own gain; by rigid legalism – seen in the attitude of the doctors of the law to whom Jesus referred as ‘hypocrites’; by neglect of what Jesus taught; by living the Christian life not as service to others but in the pursuit of personal interests; and in so many other ways. However, the world needs the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers. The world needs the fruits, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul lists them: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ The gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. (Pentecost Homily, 2015)

With thanks to www.praytellblog.com


7th Sunday of Easter (B)

Gospel  (John 17: 11-19)

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father,
keep those you have given me true to your name,
so that they may be one like us.
While I was with them,
I kept those you had given me true to your name.
I have watched over them
and not one is lost
except the one who chose to be lost,
and this was to fulfil the scriptures.
But now I am coming to you
and while still in the world I say these things
to share my joy with them to the full.
I passed your word on to them,
and the world hated them,
because they belong to the world
no more than I belong to the world.
I am not asking you to remove them from the world,
but to protect them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth;
your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world,
and for their sake I consecrate myself
so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’

Novena of Prayer (between Ascension and Pentecost)

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Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with wisdom, love and courage.
Make us more like Christ in our words and actions.


Bless the work of your Church.
Renew us all in the desire to make Christ known and loved in the world today.

Bless the work of our parish.
Guide all that we do so that our church is a place of mercy and service for all who are seeking you.

Deepen our love for the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
and guide us in prayer and action as we journey towards Synod 2020
to become the Church you are calling us to be.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


6th Sunday of Easter (B)

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Gospel  (John 15: 9-17)

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know
his master’s business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me:
no, I chose you;
and I commissioned you
to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you
anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another.’

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Reflection

Take time to read the Gospel passage slowly.  Then read it again, stopping at the end of each sentence and thinking about the words you’ve just read.  Jesus is talking to you.  These words are for you.

Prayer

Lord,
you know us more deeply than we know ourselves.
May your love go before us always
and inspire in us
a generous love for our neighbour.