May 19, 2018

Pentecost - B (May 20, 2018)

“I Send You”

The Scripture readings for Pentecost convey the themes of unity and peace.  The disciples were together both after the Resurrection (Gospel, John 20: 19-23) and on Pentecost (first readings).  From the beginning, the Church has gathered people from all nations and languages into one (first reading).  God has given different gifts to different people, but all are one (second reading, 1 Corinthians 12).

But it is not a kind of gathering of people who only look inward. 

Jesus sends us out, each with the unique gifts from God, to continue the mission of Jesus, which is to gather all nations into God’s family: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

During World Youth Days, millions of young Catholics from all over the globe gather together with the Pope.  This picture shows a corner of the WYD candle vigil during the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.


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