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Pentecost Sunday A
June 8, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The Church of Many Voices

Many of us, in our better moments, admire Christian social activists—
people who hunger, thirst, and labor for justice. In our worse moments, however, we wish they wouldn’t bother us or remind us that the gospels challenge our way of life.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Air in Motion

Apart from human and animal power, wind was the main observable energy source in the ancient world. Sometimes it was experienced as a cool, refreshing breeze, other times as a strong wind, and sometimes it had hurricane or tornado force.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


Now the glorification of Jesus took place when he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, but all was not yet accomplished. The Holy Spirit still had to be given; the one who made the promise had to send him. This is precisely what occurred at Pentecost.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Corinthians regarded the death of Christ as a mere episode of the past and put all their money on the purely spiritual, ethereal Christ. Paul recalls them to the centrality of the Cross, pricking the bubble of their enthusiasm.