1 Peter 1:18-25; Mark 10:32-45

Whenever I read this part of St. Mark’s gospel from which our reading is taken today, I get a mixed message.  It has to do with the disciples, John and James.  They and the other disciples have just been informed by Jesus that their journey to Jerusalem would end with Jesus being tried and condemned to death and then be raised from the dead three days later.

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Mark 10:17-27

Today’s Gospel is one tough message. It’s not enough to just follow the Commandments. Jesus wants us to sell what we have and give it to the poor to enter heaven. He tells the apostles “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”

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By Cynthia E. Wood

Hope and Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit descends in our first reading, he does so with great drama. He is accompanied, as usual, by signs that tell us something about him; here a mighty wind and miraculous tongues of flames. But in the Gospel the sign is much less impressive, but no less dramatic. All Jesus does is breathe on his disciples, having said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ There’s nothing particularly miraculous about breathing. The tongues of flame fifty days later certainly are miraculous, but breathing is just natural. And yet that has something of the greatest importance to tell us about the gift of the Spirit and his effect on our relationships with one another.

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Message of the Members of the Central Assembly 2015 on the Pentecost [PDF]--click


Saturday, May 23, 2015


Today’s meeting opened with a joy-filled Liturgy in honor of Mary, Queen of Apostles and a special blessing for the Sisters in the Queen of Apostles Province in the United States and the Procura in Italy with music accompaniment by German priest is Fr. Ulrich.

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