Pentecost Sunday – Year A

Resources Used:

The Breath of Life by Bishop Barron
  • What we really want is the Holy Spirit, the life of God. This is what we celebrate today. There is a thirst in you that nothing in this world can quench or satisfy. We all have an aching in our hearts whether we can explicitly name it or not. A thirst for purpose, for satisfaction, for meaning. We all have it. If you say that you are fine, you are whistling in the dark without knowing it, wandering in the desert for days without admitting how thirsty you really are… the tragedy of secularism is that it sets people adrift in a spiritual desert. So many young people are dying of thirst. Church offers water of Holy Spirit. Come to Jesus and drink.
  • So how do you get the Holy Spirit? 2nd reading helps us. “No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” Having Holy Spirit + submitting to Lordship of Jesus closely connected. We must have the mind of Christ. We come to Jesus, then we drink of the Spirit. 
  • Do you want power, energy, life, purpose, strength? You have to be around what Jesus breathes forth… flip the 2nd reading around… if you want the Holy Spirit, you have to declare the Lordship of Jesus! Jesus breathes forth love. Spirit = love that breathes forth between the Father and the Son. 
Opening the Word Series by Fr. John Riley
  • 50 days after the Passover. Something changes. Peter begins to behave finally like the head of the Church he is called to be. Peter credits the Holy Spirit. 
  • What is the Holy Spirit? God. A divine person coequal with the Father and the Son in no way inferior. 
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? Just as the Son is the Word of the Father, the Holy Spirit is eternally the relationship, the mutual love, between the Father and the Son, possessing every perfection. 
  • Same Holy Spirit is breathed into our souls at Baptism and strengthened at Confirmation. He is in us now. 
Send Forth Your Spirit and They Shall be Created by Fr. Cantalamessa
  • “All truth, by whomever it is spoken,” Thomas Aquinas has written, “comes from the Holy Spirit.”
  • The action of the Spirit of Christ outside the Church is not the same as his action in the Church and in the sacraments. Outside he acts by his power; in the Church he acts by his presence, in person.
St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study
  • Pentecost is an Israelite-Jewish festival. In Exodus 23:14-17 it is called simply the harvest festival, the feast of first-fruits of the grain harvest. In Exodus 34:22 it is called the feast of weeks, the first-fruits of the grain harvest. In Leviticus 23:15-21 the feast is reckoned by counting seven weeks from the beginning of the grain harvest; it is a day of Sabbatical observance. In Numbers 28:26-31 it is called the feast of weeks, the day of first-fruits. In Deuteronomy 16:9-12 it is the feast of weeks, which occurs seven weeks after the beginning of the grain harvest. It is one of the three major festivals in all the older lists of feasts.


Even Pentecost is an act of humility by God. The Holy Spirit’s descent is a humbling of Himself, taking on the lowly signs like fire, wind, and tongues. He humbled Himself to dwell in needy creatures of flesh, making them His temples (Fr. Cantalamessa, Sober Intoxication of the Spirit: Filled with the Fullness of God29)


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