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Today’s Readings – Pentecost Sunday (Year B)

Commentary on Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Today we celebrate what is often called the birthday of the Church. Happy birthday to all! We also bring to completion our celebration of the Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ suffering, death, resurrection and ascension, as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples.

Although this ‘mystery’ is really one great reality, we have stretched its celebration over a period of more than seven weeks. That such a time frame is not to be too excessively emphasised as historical fact is indicated by the two very different accounts of the giving of the Spirit we have in the readings of today’s Mass.

Full of symbols
Most of us are more familiar with the account given in Acts of the A … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter - First Reading

Commentary on Acts 28:16-20,30-31

Today we complete the readings for the Easter season. During these seven weeks, we have been going through the Acts of the Apostles. As with most of the books which form the liturgical readings, much had to be omitted, but at least we do get a general … Continue

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