Come, Holy Spirit: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/23/2021

This Sunday's Gospel

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On my first day of work at the office, I learned everything that I had to do. I was responsible for processing checks, writing and sending thank-you letters, and more development and operations-related tasks. At first, I didn’t think that I could do it. I was a little overwhelmed with all of my responsibilities, and I was worried that I would make mistakes and get in trouble. At most of the jobs I had before, I would be treated like I was stupid if I asked a question, so I tried to avoid asking my supervisor questions.

With little confidence in myself, I sometimes wondered why I was there in the first place, but then I remembered that it was God’s plan. He brought me to DC to do a year of service for a reason. All of this was to help me learn, grow, and be a closer disciple of Christ. During morning prayer at work, I would dedicate my day to Him, and when things would get stressful, I would offer it up and ask for His grace.

In hindsight, I see the ways that He sent me the Holy Spirit. When I thought I couldn’t do something, the Holy Spirit and His gifts helped me to thrive. Now I know that I can do hard things, but I can’t do them alone. The Holy Spirit helps me to fulfill God’s will for me and remain faithful to Him. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple Come, Holy Spirit to remember that He’s with me, strengthening me, and giving me what I need to do God’s will.

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After the Resurrection, Jesus met the Apostles where they were. Huddled in an upper room, I can picture them feeling alone without Jesus and anxious about what would happen next. When Jesus came to them, He let them receive the Holy Spirit, which they would be filled with again on Pentecost so that they could do what He knew they could do. With the Holy Spirit, the Apostles spread the Gospel, healed, and forgave sins so that thousands of their brothers and sisters became disciples of Christ.

Because we’re His followers, Jesus gives us hard things to do. It might not seem like it, but we’re capable of His plans for us. We can fulfill His will with the help of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost Sunday, let’s remember Him and ask Him to fill us with His gifts so that we can bear fruit. If you don’t know what to say or how to ask, just offer Him a Come, Holy Spirit and let Him do the rest.

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Published by madeline_mckissick

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Madeline spent a year of service in Washington DC before settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her husband, Nathan strive for holiness and Sainthood by living simply and intentionally with their eyes fixed on God. You can find Madeline wearing cardigans, enjoying a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, playing board games, spending time with her loved ones, and sometimes doing all four at once. Check out and @radiantwjoy on Instagram!

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