By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Christ Pascal Mystery was brought to its completion. He manifest the Risen Lord to us, opening our minds. St Thomas Aquinas says that the Holy Spirit interiorly perfects our spirit, communicating to it a new dynamism so that it refrains from evil for love. With the Holy Spirit within us, "its quite natural for people who have been absorbed by the world to become entirely other worldly in outlook, and for cowards to become people of great courage" (St Cyril).
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13Gospel:
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.2nd Reading:
Jesus promised us the night before he died: “[The Father] will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, that Spirit of truth.” The reason for our “hope” is a Person we have met: Christ the Lord whom we “reverence” in our hearts and whose commandments we keep. Just as the crowds are transfixed by the attraction of Philip, so we are captivated by the One who has loved us and revealed himself to us. This is the source of our joy in the face of all slander.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.2nd Reading:
1 Peter 3:15-18Gospel:
The Lord Jesus has “called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”. We hear him do that very concretely in the Gospel today. He reassures us with these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.... Trust in God still, and trust in me.... Where I am you may be too.... I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.... Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself.” This is the Word of God that “continued to spread” so that the number of disciples “greatly increased”. This increase is the fruit of our trust in Christ. He it is who calls us to become the “living stones” which make up the Church. We are “people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”.Download a copy of the Liturgy of the Word to follow along at home.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.2nd Reading:
1 Peter 2:4-9Gospel:
Good Shepherd Sunday occurs on the fourth Sunday in the Easter Season. The name derives from the gospel reading for the day, which is taken from the tenth chapter of John's Gospel. In this reading Christ is described as the "Good Shepherd" who lays down his life for his sheep.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.2nd Reading:
1 Peter 2:20-25Gospel: