The Sundays of the Year after Pentecost may be seen as the expression of the life of the Church until the Second Advent of Christ. What starts in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost A.D. 33 fills the whole world.

In his Wednesday audiences Pope Francis is currently giving a Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles and the beginnings of our Catholic Church. Of the miraculous tongues of fire which appeared over the heads of the disciples in the Upper Room on Pentecost and of the subsequent miracle of the tongues where all of the pilgrims to Jerusalem understood the preaching as if in their own languages, the Holy Father says in his commentary:

The Church is thus born of the fire of love, and of a “fire” which breaks out at Pentecost and which manifests the strength of the Word of the Risen One imbued with the Holy Spirit...The word of the Apostles is imbued with the Spirit of the Risen One and becomes a new word, different, that can, however, be understood, as if it were translated simultaneously into all the languages: indeed, “each one heard their own language being spoken” (Acts 2:6). It is the language of truth and love, which is the universal language: even the illiterate can understand it. Everyone understands the language of truth and love. If you go with the truth of your heart, with sincerity, and you go with love, everyone will understand you.

The language of truth and love...that is the essence of the preaching of the Gospel. That is how we should make the effort to see our Church: how we ourselves should try to model our witnessing to others. These Sundays after Pentecost are indeed a propitious time of year for deepening our sense of what is the Church. 


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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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