Pentecost Sunday
Reflection 10 for June 8, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-23n 7

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 to them, 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.”

Prayer

(Leader) We are temples of the Holy Spirit, carrying within us the power of God, so we pray:

 (Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we find it hard to forgive others,

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we search for peace of heart,

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we meet the broken-hearted,

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Together) Amen.

Sharing the Mission

In his last days, Blessed Frederic Ozanam … would lie silent for hours with the Bible open by his side. One evening he lay watching the sun sinking into the blue Mediterranean; his wife had drawn her chair a little behind him … something in the extreme serenity of his countenance prompted her to ask which of all the gifts of God he considered the greatest.

He replied without hesitating … “Peace of heart; without this we may possess everything and yet not be happy; with it we can bear the hardest trials and the approach of death.’’

Discussion

At times your visits and what you encounter can cause some distress. How does your conference support each other through these periods?

Action

Allow yourself some quiet time this week to reflect on your service.