PENTECOST SUNDAY — Year A

Gospel: John 20:19-23

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were locked in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Temple authorities.  Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”  Having said this, Jesus showed them the marks of crucifixion.  The disciples were filled with joy when they saw Jesus, who said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As Abba God sent me, so I am sending you.”

After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and said,

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.

If you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”

The Good News as spoken through John.