Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
How many are your works, O Lord!
The earth is full of your riches.
You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.
Pentecost comes at the end of the season of Easter, the season which assures of God’s power over death, of his love for us, and of our part in the continued mission of ministering Gospel.
We need the continuing work of God. Humankind remains in need of help to be free of sin and the consequences of sin.
But, Good News!, that help is there in abundance. At this we rejoice, and at this we are better able to take up the work entrusted to us.
- What causes you to rejoice?
- What changes when you do?
- When did you last give praise?
Detail of Pentecost panel. Hill of apparitions, Medjugorje. (c) 2014, Allen Morris