Archive - May, 2017
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.
The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God's chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8
1 Peter 4:13-16
Jesus has been taken up into heaven as we begin today's First Reading. His disciples - including the Apostles and Mary—return to the upper room where He celebrated the Last Supper (see Luke 22:12).
There, they devote themselves with one accord to prayer, awaiting the Spirit that He promised would come upon them (see Acts 1:8)....
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) .
He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with us and keep us united in the life He shares with the Father....
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12 (see also "Exodus and Easter")
By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father's house.
His Father's house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house of the Church, built on the living stone of Christ's body.
Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion.
By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today's First Reading.
He is the "Lord," the divine Son that David foresaw at God's right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11; Acts 2:34). And He is...