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HOW WE ARE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Acts. 2:1-11, Rom. 8:8-17 & Jn.14:15-16, 23-26

Our Lord Jesus Christ completed His saving work when, after His death and resurrection, He ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit into the world. This is how God recreated a fallen world, harvesting a new creation which is the Church.

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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

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1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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WE ARE CALLED TO BE SAINTS

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Mt. 5:1-12

Today we keep the feast of all our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and live with God in Heaven.

They include the many famous saints who have been canonised by an official decree of the Church. We revere them as role models, people who lived good lives and received from the Lord eternal happiness.

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IS THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTIVE OR DORMANT IN MY LIFE?

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Today is Pentecost, the feast day of the Holy Spirit. Let us acknowledge this fact and invite Him into our lives. This is what Our Blessed Lady, the Apostles and the early disciples of Jesus did on that first Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago.

He made His presence felt with a mighty wind that rushed through the room in which they were, and with tongues of fire that rested on each of their heads. For nine days since Ascension Thursday, at Jesus’ request, they had been pleading with Him to come among them. When He did He changed them forever.

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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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WE ARE CALLED TO BE SAINTS

Liturgical Colour: 

Mt. 5:1-12

Today we keep the feast of all our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and live with God in Heaven.

They include the many famous saints who have been canonised by an official decree of the Church. We revere them as role models, people who lived good lives and received from the Lord eternal happiness.

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WHAT DO WE OWE TO THESE TWO MEN?

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“These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord’s suffering, they became the friends of God.” These are the words that introduce the Mass of Saints Peter and Paul.

Their original names were Simon and Saul but Jesus changed them because they were destined for unique vocations. Simon was to be the first pope, the Vicar of Christ, so Jesus gave him the name Peter, meaning Rock. It was on him Jesus was to build His Church. Saul was to be the teacher of all nations and was given the name Paul.

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