Monday, May 12, 2008
Pentecost - Duccio di Buoninsegna (1308) Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
Spiritus Dómini replévit orbem terrárum, et hoc quod continet ómnia sciéntiam habet vocis, Alleluia. (Introit for Dominica Pentecostes)
From Homily of 11 May:
". . . As baptized members of God's family we have no other thing to do than to hold on to and rejoice in the words of Jesus that He gives us for they bring us peace. They are words from the Father to us. He gives them to His Son who gives them to His Church. The Spirit teaches us through these words the things of God and in this teaching He reminds us of the words of the Lord. 'So when the Son Speaks, the Holy Spirit teaches.' (St. Augustine, ACCS IVb John 11-21, 151)
". . . We cannot believe in Jesus or come to Him. Still He calls us through the Gospel and brings us into His one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Here we receive the forgiveness of our sins and life and salvation which Jesus gained for us and for all people through His suffering and death on the cross.
"'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' When the Lord gives us His word, let it also be to us according to His word . . . Jesus loves the Father and goes to Him. He leads us to follow Him as He did the apostles, evangelists and martyrs before us. Those who love Jesus keep His word . . . Our peace does not come from this world. Our peace comes from the word of the Lord. He gives us His very Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins. In Him we have God Himself dwelling with us and the Holy Spirit teaching us those things that lead to everlasting life. Amen."