Reflections

The first gift at Pentecost The first gift at Pentecost

The first gift at Pentecost

Sunday 31 May 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Homily: Pentecost (Year A)   Here’s a question to ask yourself: What did the Holy Spirit give as the first gift to the disciples at Pentecost? We might be tempted to focus on how the Spirit was experienced by the disciples: we hear of the wind; we are told of the fire; we learn that the disciples experience a fullness of the Holy Spirit. But notice that none of these are what the disciples received as a gift to have as their own; these are, rather, manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The gift came as a result of the...

The Layers of Pentecost

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Andrew Hamilton 
 
Pentecost Sunday recalls the time when the Holy Spirit came down on the Church. It also continues to remind us that, both in our personal lives and society, God does not do everything at once but works in stages. As we know with children who want everything now, when we do things in stages we need to ourselves that saying please, waiting and saying thank you are essential parts of our relationship with God and with one another. As we move through our time of trial with coronavirus, this aspect of Pentecost may help us.

Re-emerging with purpose: Using what we learnt during lockdown to build more fruitful parishes

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Mission Team 
 
Our family has enjoyed our weekends during ‘lockdown’. Without the sporting commitments and social activities that usually fill our weekends, we have enjoyed board games, quiet days in the garden and regular exercise. We have learnt from this lockdown time that we want to be more vigilant about the choices we make with our family time—what we say ‘yes’ to.
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