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June 12th 2011 A.D.

Pentecost Sunday Jn 7 37-39

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Background:

 John's account of the giving of the Holy Spirit on Easter differs from the account of the Pentecost event in the Acts of the Apostles.

 Still, his short account with its double salutation of 'Peace be with you" gives that common greeting new significance for the early followers of Jesus and for us today.

 Coupled with the commission of being sent forth as Jesus had been sent by the Father, it sets the stage for their reception of the Holy Spirit with its power and responsibility of forgiveness.

Fr. Greeley's Last Book:Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church

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 Once upon a time a new family moved into a neighborhood. It was a nice neighborhood and it was very close to where the Daddy worked, so close he could walk to work. There was only one thing wrong with the neighborhood. Most people weren't Irish! Yes, that's true there are such neighborhoods!

 They were Mexican and Thai, Jewish and Korean, Japanese and Indian, Polish and Columbian, Lebanese and Chinese and just about every other nationality that you could imagine. The children in the neighborhood swarmed around the new kids. Are you really Irish?

 We don't have any Irish living in our neighborhood. What's it like to be Irish? Can you teach us Irish songs and dances and tell us Irish stories? Our new family was not dumb at all. They realized that there was some pay-off in being different. They had to look up Irish songs and stories and learn some Irish dances. They became very popular. They also learned a lot about all the strange people (i.e. those that were not Irish in their neighborhood and decided that while they were not Irish it wasn't their fault and they were pretty cool kids anyway. They loved the cooking even if some of it was a little too spicy.

 Do you want to move back to the old neighborhood, their parents asked them anxiously. No way, said the kids,

 God made us all different and we enjoy it! All Irish neighborhoods are BORING!

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Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great!  You are clothed with honor and majesty
24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all;  the earth is full of your creatures.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the LORD endure for ever, may the LORD rejoice in his works.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.

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Prayer of Intercession for Pentecost

O living God, come and make our souls temples of thy Spirit. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
Baptize thy whole Church with fire, that the divisions soon may cease, and that it may stand before the world as a pillar and buttress of thy truth. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
Grant us all the fruits of thy Holy Spirit: brotherly love, joy, peace, patience, goodwill and faithfulness. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
May the Holy Spirit speak by the voice of thy servants, here and everywhere, as they preach thy word. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
Send thy Holy Spirit, the comforter, to all who face adversity, or who are the victims of men's wickedness. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
Preserve all nations and their leaders from hatred and war, and build up a true community among nations, through the power of thy Spirit. 
Sanctify us, O Lord!
Holy Spirit, Lord and source of life, giver of the seven gifts, 
Sanctify us, O Comforter.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, Spirit of counsel and strength, 
Sanctify us, O Comforter.
Spirit of knowledge and devotion, Spirit of obedience to the Lord. 
Sanctify us, O Comforter.

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Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church
The survey of the archdiocese, which Father Greeley describes as "a very complicated place" demographically, asks some difficult questions, and finds some interesting truths.
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Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women
Father Greeley
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