June 8: Pentecost
- Reading 1: Pentecost; tongues of fire; speaking the same language
- Reading 2: Different spiritual gifts; many parts but one body, whether Jews, Greeks, slaves; drink of the one Spirit
- Gospel: Resurrection appearance; as the Father has sent me, so I send you
- One of the most radical things Jesus did was to break down social boundaries over a meal. With Jesus, there was one table, and all were invited to it.
- We start with our Christian community and Eucharist, and then we have a responsibility to reach out and build community in our world (not just inside the Church).
- On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit broke down cultural and regional boundaries by allowing people to hear the disciples in their own native language (Acts 2). Paul emphasizes that we are called to be one body, regardless of race (Jew or Greek) or socio-economic standing (slave or free).
- How are we called to break down barriers in our own lives?
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