31 May, 2020
The Holy Spirit … the breath of life
Psalm 103: 1,24,29-31,34.
Gospel John 20:19-23
Receive the Holy Spirit
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
The Spirit of life
The Gospel passage then offers us a marvellous image to clarify the connection between Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father: the Holy Spirit is portrayed as the breath of the Risen Jesus Christ. Here the Evangelist John takes up an image of the creation narrative, where it says that God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life (cf. Gen 2:7). The breath of God is life. Now, the Lord breathes into our soul the new breath of life, the Holy Spirit, his most intimate essence, and in this way welcomes us into God’s family. With Baptism and Confirmation this gift was given to us specifically, and with the sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance it is continuously repeated: the Lord breathes a breath of life into our soul. All the sacraments, each in its own way, communicate divine life to human beings, thanks to the Holy Spirit who works within them.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
Feasts this Week
Mon 1 -Mary Mother of the Church. Saint Justin, Martyr. 2nd c. Father of the Church, born at Flavia Neapolis, (today Palestine), taught and defended the faith in Asia Minor and Rome, where he suffered martyrdom around yr 165.
Tues 2 -Saint Marcellinus and Peter, 4th c. martyrs. A priest and an exorcist respectively, beheaded outside of Rome and mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer I.
Wed 3 -Saint Charles Lwanga and companion martyrs of Uganda died between 1885 and 1887.
Fri 5 -First Friday of the Month. Consecration to the Sacred Heart. -Saint Boniface, Benedictine monk, bishop and martyr. His work was very influential in Germany and France in the Middle Ages.
Sat 6 -St. Norbert, (1080-1134) Archbishop of Magdeburg and founder of the Premonstratensians or Norbertines. -Memorial of the Blessed Virgin on Saturday.
Readings for Trinity Sunday (7 June)
Exo 34:4-6, 8-9.
Resp Dan 3:52-56.
2 Cor 13:11-13.
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
These are supernatural and permanent qualities intended for the sanctification of the recipient as they make us attentive to the voice of God, more susceptible to his grace and docile to his inspirations. These are the gifts:
- Wisdom: To desire only heavenly things and renounce the world.
- Understanding: To grasp the truths of religion as far as is necessary.
- Counsel: To choose what gives glory to God and helps our own salvation.
- Fortitude: To overcome obstacles in the practice of our religious duties.
- Knowledge: To see the right path and the dangers along the way.
- Piety: To joyfully embrace the service of God with a filial confidence.
- Fear of the Lord: To never offend God out of respect for his majesty.
Cf. Catholic encyclopedia, Holy Spirit
BIG THANKS TO RUTH
Our very own Ruth Moth has announced that, after 14 years of service, she will be stepping down as manager of the Hospice Shop. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful work she has done all this time and we welcome Wendy Conolly who will be replacing her.
COMING OUT OF THE LOCKDOWN
We give thanks to God that the covid 19 cases keep going down in Cyprus and that we are now allowed up to 25 people in Agia Kyriaki. We also keep praying for all those places where people cannot attend Mass and are still struggling with the pandemic.
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- Tuesday 9am
- Wednesday 12pm
- Thursday 12pm
- Friday 9am
- Saturday 4pm, 6pm (6pm Polis)
- Sunday 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm if necessary.
Forms are available in the Coffee Shop or contact Fr. Jim. To help our Hospice.
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You can help our food program by bringing non-perishable food to the church or shop. We are still looking for a storage room and for someone with a pick-up truck to help us occasionally. Thank you.
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