"Receive the Holy Spirit."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012 (PentecostB)
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Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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BQ: What does the Holy Spirit do in your life?

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

1. In the First Reading the Holy Spirit is given as tongues of fire accompanied by a strong driving wind. In the Gospel Jesus was in the disciples’ midst and gave them the Spirit too by breathing on them. Do you have an idea how there could be two different descriptions of this superatural event?

2. Did the Holy Spirit come only once in history, to the apostles and Mary in the upper room? Or do you see the Holy Spirit as dynamic and constant in every life? How were the disciples different after the Spirit’s arrival? Are you different when you are confident that the Spirit is with you? Explain.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34

1. Our Psalm reminds us that we are dependent on the Lord for our very breath. Tell about what makes you aware of the 'divine Breath' in your life.

2. Our Sunday Psalm Response is, 'Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.' Is the Holy Spirit doing a work in you? Are you a 'new creation?' Speak about your baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Second Reading
Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13

1. “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” Were Vivaldi and Michelangelo given gifts solely for their own pleasure? For whose benefit were they given? What are your gifts and for what benefit were they given to you and those around you?

2. St. Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Jesuit Brother (1533-1617), whose job for forty years was to answer the door of the Jesuit College in Majorca. Would his spiritual gift of service compare to that of St. Francis Xavier, who converted whole countries? How?

John 20:19-23

1. Jesus “breathed” on them. How does this relate to Genesis 2:7, “God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life?” How is this significant for you? How important is the Holy Spirit to you?

2. Jesus said, “Peace be with you…,” and the disciples’ first task after receiving the Holy Spirit was to forgive sins. What impact does forgiveness of sin have on peace? Is it always easy to forgive? How peaceful do you feel when you experience problems with forgiveness?

Sunday Bible Study Group
Please share your comments on the Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing. 

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont2:35 PM

    “If you take away their breath,
    they perish ... when you send forth
    your spirit, they are created.”
    Animated by the Spirit, the divine Breath,
    we who are His creatures sing of the glory
    of our Creator.

    “When you send forth your Spirit …
    you renew the face of the earth.”
    God’s spirit is the source of all natural life.
    So also the Holy Spirit is the source
    of all supernatural life.
    We are nothing without the divine Breath --
    “When you take away their breath,
    they perish and return to their dust.”

    It is this same creative Breath
    which came down on the disciples
    in that locked room that St. Luke speaks of in our 1st reading.
    The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to go forth
    and proclaim the Gospel boldly
    to men of all nations, speaking different tongues.

    We too are called to be baptized in the Spirit,
    and to receive the divine Breath of the Lord.
    Having been baptized in the Spirit, we are a new creation,
    and are called to glorify the Lord in what we do.
    In this way, as the Psalm says,
    “May the Lord be glad in his works.”

    Fortunately, for us too,
    the Spirit is manifested
    in each of us for some benefit
    (as St. Paul reminds us in our 2nd reading).
    All we have to do is
    accept Christ and believe in him.
    Then we too will have the gift of life.

    Without the breath of God, we are nothing.
    Just as the Holy Spirit empowered
    the disciples at Pentecost,
    so too are we empowered by our Creator.
    The presence of the Holy Spirit within us
    is how we share in the divinity of Christ.

    Without the breath of the Holy Spirit,
    we have no spiritual life.
    But thanks to God's gift,
    we are a new creation,
    and we are baptized into Christ.
    And that alone gives us reason to praise God.
    As our psalmist says,
    “Pleasing to him be my theme;
    I will be glad in the Lord.”