Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

204 S. Calle El Segundo

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-5809

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We, the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, are a diverse community devoted to Jesus the Christ. Our mission together is to give thanks and praise to God, spread the Gospel and teach the Bible message of God’s love for all creation.

Pentecost Sunday

  May 19, 2024

 

Domingo de Pentecostés

  19 de mayo de 2024

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Suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

De repente se oyó un gran ruido que venía del cielo,

como cuando sopla un viento fuerte,

que resonó por toda la casa donde se encontraban.

Entonces aparecieron lenguas de fuego,

que se distribuyeron y se posaron sobre ellos;

se llenaron todos del Espíritu Santo.

Fr. Rajesh's Bulletin Article

Giver of Life…

In the first reading of today’s Liturgy, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is compared to “the rush of a violent wind” (Acts2:2). The Spirit enters into situations and transforms them. He changes hearts and he changes situations. The Holy Spirit changes hearts. Jesus had told his disciples: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). That is exactly what happened. Those disciples, at first fearful, huddled behind closed doors even after the Master’s resurrection, are transformed by the Spirit and, as Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “they bear witness to him” (cf. Jn 15:27). No longer hesitant, they are courageous and starting from Jerusalem, they go forth to the ends of the earth. Timid while Jesus was still among them, they are bold when he is gone, because the Spirit changed their hearts.

 

Today, then, let us learn what to do when we are in need of real change. And who among us does not need a change? Particularly when we are downcast, wearied by life’s burdens, oppressed by our own weakness, at those times when it is hard to keep going and loving seems impossible. In those moments, we need a powerful “jolt”: the Holy Spirit, the power of God. In the Creed we profess that he is the “giver of life”. How good it would be for us each day to feel this jolt of life! To say when we wake up each morning: “Come, Ho-ly Spirit, come into my heart, come into my day”.

 

The Spirit does not only change hearts; he changes situations. Like the wind that blows everywhere, he penetrates to the most unimaginable situations. In the Acts of the Apostles – a book we need to pick up and read, whose main character is the Holy Spirit – we are caught up in an amazing series of events. When the disciples least expect it, the Holy Spirit sends them out to the pagans. He opens up new paths, as in the epi-sode of the deacon Philip. The Spirit drives Philip to a desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza… (How heartrending that name sounds to us today! May the Spirit change hearts and situations and bring peace to the Holy Land!) Along the way, Philip preaches to an Ethiopian court official and baptizes him. Then too, there is Paul, “compelled by the Spirit”, who travels far and wide, bringing the Gospel to peoples he had never seen. Where the Spirit is, something is always happening; where he blows, things are never calm. Frequently, even in the bleakest of times, the Spirit has raised up the most outstanding holiness! Because he is the soul of the Church, who constantly enlivens her with renewed hope, fills her with joy, makes her fruit-ful, and causes new life to blossom. In a family, when a new baby is born, it upsets our schedules, it makes us lose sleep, but it also brings us a joy that renews our lives, driving us on, expanding us in love. So it is with the Spirit: he brings a “taste of childhood” to the Church. Time and time again he gives new birth. He revives our first love. The Spirit reminds the Church that, for all her centuries of history, she is always the youthful bride with whom the Lord is madly in love. Let us never tire of welcoming the Spirit into our lives, of invoking him before everything we do: “Come, Holy Spirit!”

 

Let us ask him to make us live in exactly that way. Holy Spirit, violent wind of God, blow upon us, blow into our hearts and make us breathe forth the tenderness of the Father! Blow upon the Church and impel her to the ends of the earth, so that, brought by you, she may bring nothing other than you. Blow upon our world the soothing warmth of peace and the refreshing cool of hope. Come Holy Spirit, change us within and renew the face of the earth. [Synthesized from Pope Francis, Homilies 20 V 18]

-Fr. Rajesh

Deacon John's Homily Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

 

My friends – our Pentecost Liturgy today marks the end of our Easter Season.  During these past 50 days – we have journeyed from the Resurrection of Jesus – his many appearances – his Ascension – and now – the fulfillment of our Father's Promise:  The promise of the Holy Spirit.

 

Now, Pentecost was the second time the gift of the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples.  The first time was the day of the Resurrection – as we heard in today’s gospel.  Jesus breathed on them and said:  "Receive the Holy Spirit." 

 

On Pentecost – the sending of the Holy Spirit was different.  Instead of a gentle breath – the coming of the Holy Spirit was intensified:

·         “A resounding noise – like a strong, driving wind – which shook the house.”

·         "Tongues – as of fire – came to rest on each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit."

 

This time – it was differentThis time – they were ready – and open – to receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Now – after the Resurrection – for the most part – life for the disciples went on – as it did before.  They returned to their homes.  Those who were fishermen continued to fish, etc… They did gather to pray – but mostly kept to themselves for fear of the religious leaders. 

 

During these past 50 days – we heard that Jesus appeared to them – taught them – and comforted them.  But –  they were pretty much the same.

 

Last week, however – just before his Ascension – Jesus told them to return to Jerusalem and: "Stay and wait and pray for the Holy Spirit."

 

This time – Pentecost – they were ready – to receive the Holy Spirit.  And when the Spirit came – it was resounding, booming, reverberating, earth shaking…  The disciples received the Holy Spirit – and their lives were changed – forever. No longer afraid.  No more hiding.  They went into the streets – and began proclaiming the Good News of Jesus – the Christ.

 

My friends – in the prayers of the Roman Missal for Pentecost – there is a phrase used over and over again:  "The pouring of the Holy Spirit.  …….The outpouring of the Holy Spirit."

 

God cannot be outdone in generosity.  He pours his Holy Spirit upon all of us.  All we have to do is receive it. 

 

Now – in the mystery of  giving – for giving to happen – there has to be 2 participants.  There has to be a giver and a receiver.

 

We are constantly offered the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  The gift is always there.  All we have to do –  for the gift to happen – is to receive it.  And, we can receive the Holy Spirit  again and again – because it’s not just a one-time occurrence.  The Holy Spirit is as available as the breath – in front of our face.

 

Now – some might think:  “I received the Holy Spirit at my Confirmation.  I thought that was it.”  It is true the Holy Spirit is sent at our Confirmation.  Holy Spirit was also sent to us at our Baptism.

 

Our Readings today clearly show – the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples more than once.  Also, we can read in the Acts of the Apostles and all the letters in the New Testament – the Disciples continued to receive the Holy Spirit.  They constantly grew closer to Christ – and constantly received the wisdom and strength to carry on the mission entrusted to them by Christ. 

 

My friends – when we constantly acknowledge and receive the Holy Spirit – our life is changed – as were the lives of the disciples.  We can see the big picture of life – the whole picture of life.  We can see that the Spirit of the Living God is everywhere – waiting to be acknowledged – invited – and received.

 

So – what do we do – knowing the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us ?  We carry on the very same mission entrusted to the Apostles.  That is – proclaim the gospel of Jesus – the Christ and loving one another.  That’s what bears fruit for the Kingdom of God.

 

Christ’s very last words in Matthew 28 explain in detail:

“Go – and make disciples of all nations – baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit –  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold – I am with you always – until the end of the age.”

“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. 

This is how prayer works.” Pope Francis

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“Antes de hablar de paz, primero debes tenerla en tu corazón”.   –Francisco de Asís

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 Rev. Luis Segura M.S.C. – Pastor

Rev. Jos Rajesh Peter M.S.C. – Parochial Vicar