The Sending of the Spirit, “Another Advocate”: Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 05.22.14 |

Paul Laying Hands

We are about the celebrate the last Sunday before the Feast of Pentecost. The lectionary readings for this Sunday, therefore, are meant to lead us to reflect on different aspects of the Spirit’s work.

This Sunday’s readings are also important for understanding Catholic sacramental theology, in particular, the sacrament of confirmation. Indeed, confirmation (or chrismation) is closely linked to Pentecost. Quoting Pope Paul VI, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that, confirmation “in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church” (no. 1288; citing Paul VI, Divinae consortium naturae, 659).

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