The Cathedral Connection 9 June 2019

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“Peace be with you…
As the Father has sent me, so I send you…
Receive the Holy Spirit…
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven…”

The season of Easter concludes with today’s feast celebration. Pentecost commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit, the promised advocate, upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, today’s Gospel reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.

The Holy Spirit empowers and enlightens us, both individually and as a community. Within communities the Spirit works to draw people from every nation together. Individually the Spirit gives us gifts that are to be used to build up the kingdom of God. We see in action every week at Mass gifts being used in the service of our worshipping community. We see it also in the work of various Christian organisations, St Vincent de Paul, Caritas, Foodbanks, Downtown Community Ministries, Home of Compassion.

This week as we go out, to carry on Jesus’ mission offering service to renewing the face of the earth, you may like to consider reflecting on these questions: which of your gifts do you feel the most comfortable with? Which gift discomforts or challenges you? Which gift do you feel you would like to develop more and use for God and the community?

Go, filled with the breath of God; forgive as Jesus forgave, in the knowledge and faith that He is with you always.

Debbie Matheson, Lay Pastoral Leader

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