Pentecost and The Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, as the readings and the whole Church celebrate the coming and ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit among us. Jesus breathes on his jittery followers and tells them, “Peace be with you” and fills them with courage.This marks the end of the Easter Season and the return to Ordinary Time.
Monday is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.Wednesday is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The first readings this week are from Sirach, with their beautiful seeking of Wisdom.
During the week, Mark’s Gospel offers us stories about sacrificing part of ourselves. We hear of the Rich Young Man: “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Peter tells Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus responds, “there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more.” When the disciples squabble over who will sit in glory with Jesus, he tells them, “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Bartimaeus, a blind man recognizes Jesus as “Son of David,” is healed and follows Jesus. Jesus turns over the sellers’ tables in the temple as the religious authorities look for a way to put him to death. When they try to entrap him with their questions, Jesus asks them about John the Baptist’s baptism. They refuse to answer and Jesus says, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
On the Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time Jesus compares the faith of his followers to a wise man who built his house on rock. Matthew’s Gospel tells us that storms “buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock, withstanding storms, winds and rain.”
Daily Prayer This Week
This is a week we can look at letting go — of riches, honors, pride. In these days we can hand it all over to Jesus and ask for the trust we need in our lives. We can hand overour fears and jealousy, our titles and our possessions – anything that has become too important in our lives can get in the way of how close we allow ourselves to be with Jesus.
As we go through our week, in the smallest moments of the day, we can beg Jesus for the strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we awaken in the morning, and in the everyday moments of our lives, an awareness of our desires before Jesus can change our attitudes toward these chores and see them as sacred moments of invitation from the God who loves us with such fire and compassion.
Dear Lord, you know how filled I am with fears. Let each moment of anxiety today be a reminder to open my life, my heart and my soul to the love and courage you offer me. I know that if only I could trust in you more, it would change my life.
“He went away sad, for he had many possessions!” Let me turn these apprehensions over to you. I beg you to give me the wisdom and strength I need to trust more and to fear less. Teach me that it’s OK to stop clinging to the fears I have known for so long and that I can embrace the freedom you offer me. Let me be less fear-ful and more generous.
We can ask for the grace to be among my family, friends, colleagues, even strangers, not to be served but to serve. We can asked to be healed of whatever blindness stands in the way of our following Jesus.
And all day long, as we run our errands or sit at our desks, we can take a moment to say “Thank you” to the God on whom we have such an utter dependence and who loves us with such abandon.
Thought of the Week:
The good news for those aspiring to stand out in any organization is that it is not crowded at the top – it is crowded at the bottom. Don’t even think about doing work that is less in quality or quantity than your absolute best. The recipe for standing out in a positive manner is quite basic and brilliantly concise – do all you can – the best that you can – and do it every time.
Source: Dave Anderson, Unstoppable “Transforming Your Mindset to Create Change, Accelerate Results, and Be the Best at What You Do”
Taken from the “Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer” on the
Creighton University’s Online Ministries web site:
Used with permission.