This weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost. In the gospel reading below, we read of Jesus sending the Spirit and commissioning the disciples to forgive sins. God’s loving forgiveness enables us to build right relationships with others and to open ourselves up to others. We experience the peace of Christ as we take up his mission and seek and extend forgiveness to others. We are called to forgive others and to seek God’s forgiveness in our lives, as we are sent out into the world to share the work of the Spirit.
In this gospel Jesus breathes new Life into his disciples; this new life is the Holy Spirit. When we open ourselves to the breath-life of the Holy Spirit, we also are made new, and Easter – Pentecost happens again. There is no limit to our re-creation in the Spirit.
This weekend, our church will reopen for weekend Masses. Due to the limited seating capacity as a result of social distancing, tickets are required. Many Masses already have filled up, but live-streaming will continue for the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday and the 8:00 a.m. Mass Monday-Saturday. For complete information about Masses and the ticketing process, please go to: www.stmargaretmary.org.
Gospel - Jn 20: 19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”