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Pentecost Sunday and Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

JUNE 4 – PENTECOST SUNDAY. 
Mass of the Solemnity, Gloria, sequence, Creed, preface for Pentecost (red). 
Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23.
 
JUNE 5 – ST. BONIFACE.
Mass of the memorial (red). 
Readings: Tobit 1:3; 2: 1b-8; Mark 12:1-12.
 
JUNE 6 – TUESDAY: NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 








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A mandate to continue his mission

Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them alone and that he would send the Spirit. Today we celebrate the feast of this gift of the Risen One.
 
While John places the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Easter to show that the Spirit is the gift of the Risen One, Luke places it with the descent of the Spirit at Pentecost.
 








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The Spirit— hope of a new world

We are at the Last Supper and Jesus promises not to leave the disciples alone, without protection and without guidance. 

He will pray to the Father, and he “will send another Paraclete” that will remain with them forever (v.16). It is the promise of the gift of that Spirit that Jesus possessed
in fullness (Luke 4:1,14,18) and that will be poured out on the disciples.