From the Desk of the Pastor

Caroline Seta

June 5, 2022

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.’”

Pentecost was an ancient Jewish feast, one of the three most important among all the Jewish feasts.  God the Father and Jesus chose this feast as the time to send the Holy Spirit upon God’s new kingdom.  On this occasion, God gave a special gift to the apostles, empowering them to proclaim God’s favor to the people of every nation.  The presence of God on earth exists in a specific way.  It is in the person of the Holy Spirit. 

We are sealed with the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It prepares us for ministry and strengthens us for our service as the Body of Christ.  With the Spirit, Jesus empowers the disciples to continue his ministry and strengthens them when he breathed on them: “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  He then directs them to preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins.  In breathing on the disciples, Jesus brought new life, the life of the Spirit, to the community – the church.  The same Spirit continues to “blow” through our Church to give life and direction to our mission and ministry.  Our mission is to preach the Gospel to every nation, to proclaim forgiveness and reconciliation in God’s name, to embrace all humanity with the life and love of God manifested in Jesus’ Resurrection. 

Come, Spirit of God.  Breathe your love through your Church.  Animate and inspire your people to follow the example of Jesus in humble and gracious servanthood.  Help us to seek justice and mercy in all things.  Recreate your Church in the peace of the Risen Lord.  Renew the face of the earth. 

As you pray this week, consider this question: what area of your life might benefit from intentional renewal?  Pray for the victims of violence, especially those in Uvalde TX and Ukraine, seeking comfort and care for them.  Pray for the parishes and parishioners of the Archdiocese as we enter the implementation of Beacons of Light.

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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