Follow-Up Sessions: May - Unifying Spirit
1. Have you recently experienced a miscommunication or misunderstanding? What happened?
2. How joyful, peaceful, and generous is the community in which you live?
3. What fears keep you from going out to encounter others?
Illuminate: Acts 2:1-4
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And 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 and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”
Delve into the Word
“The disciples were together in one place… which is very good because it speaks to the unity of the Church; however, it also has the connotation of being together because of fear. The Spirit comes and sends them out to fearlessly proclaim. One important detail is that the Spirit “filled the whole house”; if we are look deeper, we will see and feel the Holy Spirit’s power everywhere, not excluding anyone “in the house”.
The majority of cities in which we live are very diverse. Often, our parishes are like a microcosm of nations where the Mass is celebrated in several languages. We sometimes ask ourselves, “How we can achieve unity in the midst of all the diversity?” or “How we can respect all the various expressions without trying to impose our own style or preferences.”
In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your
What words do you identify with?
To what is Jesus inviting you today?
￼￼Live the Word
In what ways have you been scared to go out and meet others in the peripheries?
How can you go beyond your own language and culture?
What challenges has the diversity within your community posed as you were trying to follow the process of the Encuentro?
Did you find yourself at times with feelings of prejudice? How do you ask God to heal those so you are freer to reach out to others?
L / Spirit of God, you remove all our fears to proclaim the Risen Christ.
R / Come and give us your gift of fortitude.
L / Spirit of God, you give us the power to communicate freely with others.
R / Come and give us the gift of wisdom to speak your truth.
L / Spirit of God, you give us the fire to evangelize boldly.
R / Come and send us!
L / Give us, Holy Spirit, the fruits of your presence: joy, peace, generosity, compassion, equanimity, and temperance. Make us the instruments of your life and of your justice. Amen.