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Gospel and Reflection - Sunday 19 May 2024 

Gospel-  John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

the spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth 

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’

Gospel Reflection

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. In today’s First Reading, the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles.

The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised in the Old Testament.

The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by which He made all things, as we sing in Sunday’s Psalm.

In the beginning, the same Holy Spirit came as a “mighty wind” sweeping over the face of the earth (see Genesis 1:2). And in the new creation of Pentecost, the Spirit again comes as “a strong, driving wind” to renew the face of the earth.

As God fashioned the humans out of dust and filled them with His Spirit, in today’s Gospel we see God acting again as a life-giving Spirit, breathing a new way of life into the first Christians.

Amazingly, we, here, are now part of this. For all ages He will pour out His Spirit on His body, the Church, as we hear in today’s Epistle, in a way that transforms believers from self-indulgent selfishness to selfless sacrifice and self-control.

That same Holy Spirit waits eagerly for each of us in the sacraments, beginning when we are made a “new creation” in Baptism, and sharing the one Spirit in the Mass. We are the first fruits of a new humanity—fashioned from out of every nation under heaven, with no distinctions of wealth or language or race, a people born of the Spirit.

(Adapted from Professor Scott Hahn, academic, author, and Catholic speaker)

Pentecost Prayer

This prayer is the first verse of an ancient chant, written around A.D, 809:


Veni, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora. 


Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, 
and in our souls take up your rest;
come with your grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which You have made.