Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!
“And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be you always.” Pentecost fulfills this promise. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and nothing was ever the same again. This event is often referred to as the “birthday” of the church. It took Pentecost—and the power of the Spirit—to embolden the apostles to begin their ministry of preaching and baptizing. Conversions began to happen and the early church began to grow. And all of this took place without Jesus’ earthly presence among them.
This is one of the most encouraging elements of the practice of our Christian faith. We believe that through the Holy Spirit, God dwells within us and empowers us. We believe that even though we never walked with Jesus and the apostles, we are nonetheless accompanied by the same Spirit who is always available to us! We only need to stir up this Spirit within our souls by praying sincerely, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
A blessed and happy Feast of Pentecost to all! May the Holy Spirit breathe new life, new joy, and a renewed desire in us to evangelize—to make Jesus Christ, the One Savior of the world, known and loved to all we meet!
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” May our lives, like Mary’s, proclaim God’s goodness for all he has done and continues to do for us. May the Holy Spirit lead us always to rejoice in the love and mercy of our God!….Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish