The Feast of Pentecost

As the Christian community throughout the world celebrates Pentecost we join in praying:

Stay with us Spirit of God, enlighten our hearts and minds – that we may see the faces of our sisters and brothers whose work provides the many gifts we enjoy – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive and the homes in which we find shelter.

Stay with us Spirit of God, embolden us to speak up especially for those who suffer exploitation and injustice – may each person receive the dignity that is their human right – respect, a right to safety, a secure place in which to live and sufficient food and water for each day.

Stay with us Spirit of God, give us the courage to change our patterns of life – that our respect for Earth , our ways of daily living, the goods we purchase and our awareness of the needs of others may be more life-giving for all.

Stay with us Spirit of God, renew our commitment to love – that through our lives, our prayer and our work each day, the warmth and inclusivity of your love for each and all will offer encouragement and new hope to those experiencing harsh judgement, alienation or a sense of hopelessness. Give us wisdom and clarity in our work for justice that all people may live in peace and security.

Stay with us Spirit of God.

The Gospel for the Feast of Pentecost, Year C is taken from the Gospel of John. The following reflection on this text by Veronica Lawson RSM is offered for prayer and reflection in the coming week. It first appeared at