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LISTEN: Reflection for Pentecost Sunday 2019

We are a fearful people. We live in fear-filled times, we fear for our country, our world and our Church.[/vc_column_text]

In this Sunday’s Gospel we read “In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.” And repeatedly, we hear this echo of fear in the Gospels.

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost in our Churches throughout the world. This celebration in our Church is the Lord making good on the promise he kept to his followers, and we are included. He did return, his death was not the end.

The disciples, now assured of the Spirit, are led to action. So too, the experience of God’s spirit in our lives should inspire us to do the same and to believe in the mission Jesus left for his disciples then, as he leaves for us now: “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you”.

Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for Pentecost Sunday.

Read the texts in your Bible:
Acts 2:1-11Psalm 1031 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13John 20:19-23

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Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ
B.A. (Hons) (London), B.Theol., STB (FAJE-UFMG)

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK) and theology (Brazil). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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