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Sunday, 09 June 2019 07:00

Pentecost is here!

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Happy Pentecost! Today is a gift to us. Today we celebrate the coming in power of the Holy Spirit. Today we are reminded of the love of God which we receive in abundance through the Holy Spirit, not exclusively for ourselves, but to be shared with others as well.

This power of the Holy Spirit is a life transforming power that is more dynamic than we can possibly conceive. There is a bridge in a song by Hillsong called You are here which I think captures something of what this power is. It says ‘the same power that conquered the grave lives in me, lives in me’. This is the power on offer to us today. This is the power we are invited to open our lives to once again.

What follows is a reflection I wrote on these words – my way of trying to express my desire to be open to the power that conquered the grave in my own life.

 

The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me
Holy wind and fire,
Fall upon me, upon me.
 
The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me
I won’t stop proclaiming
What I’ve seen, what I’ve seen.
 
The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me.
Stirred up, empowered
To truly be, truly be.
 
The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me.
To step forth in gifts and fruits
Aplenty, aplenty.
 
The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me.
The Spirit has come from on high,
To set free, to set free.
 
The same power that conquered the grave
Lives in me, lives in me.
Holy wind and fire,
Fall down on me, down on me.

Mel Edwards

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Prayers for Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Mass Readings

Acts 2:1-11

John 14:15-16, 23-26

Father, on this Feast of Pentecost, open my heart to the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to also be attentive to the presence of your Holy Spirit already with me so that my connection may be deepened in a personal, life-changing way. AMEN