This will be my last column until September.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Remember to pray each day and attend mass each weekend. Jesus never forgets us, let’s not forget Him.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK:
My Dear Parishioners,
Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of Pentecost Sunday, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Pentecost has been described as the birthday of the Church, and with good reason. With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Church is born, so to speak, as the disciples proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all nations.
Let us consider one of the images used in Scripture to describe the Holy Spirit: breath. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word that is used for breath is the same word that is used for spirit. In our Gospel today, we hear how Jesus breathed on the disciples and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit. This is much like the account of creation in the Book of Genesis. God breathed into the clay of the earth, and the first human was formed. Now we hear that Jesus breathed on his disciples and formed a new creation, the Church.
Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the apostles as they were gathered together in the Upper Room. So, too, as today’s disciples, we are to gather together, and open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, who helps us in our mission.
The apostles did not stay in the Upper Room. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately, they devoted themselves to sharing the good news about Jesus. The first apostles recognized that the gift of the Holy Spirit was not something to be hidden away. Rather, the gift was given to help move its recipients into action, inspiring them to share it with others. This is what Jesus calls us to do in today’s Gospel, when he says: As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
The Spirit is essential for our life, and it produces many different effects in each person. All of us are gifted for some unique mission by the Holy Spirit. As our second reading expresses it: To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
The same Holy Spirit is given to each of us, but with marvelously different results: one grows as a singer, another as a pastoral council member, another serves as a catechist for children, another reader, another a teacher, and so on. All is given for the good of the Church, so that it may fulfill the mission God has entrusted to it. May God breathe his Holy Spirit upon each of us and pour down the Spirit upon us this Pentecost Sunday, and every day.
P.S. This will be my last column until September. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Remember to pray each day and attend mass each weekend. Jesus never forgets us, let’s not forget Him.
I will be going for hip surgery on Tuesday, June 11th. I ask for your prayers that all goes well and my recovery be smooth and quick.