Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Homily for 22 May 2018

22 May 2018

In the old liturgical calendar there really wasn’t “Ordinary Time.”  The weeks were laid out as: “The 1st Sunday After Pentecost, the 10th Sunday After Pentecost, the 18th Week After Pentecost,” and so on.  The reference point was Pentecost, that moment when the disciples’ lives took a definite turn.  There was no “going back” after one had been struck by the Holy Spirit.

And this is reflected, maybe, in the very first line of the gospel today: “Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey….”  Just two days ago we celebrated Pentecost; the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the Church, into the hearts of the faithful.  The question is: Where are we going from here?  Are we going anywhere?

Is this the Tuesday after Pentecost, or do we go back to “Ordinary Time,” as usual?

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