June 9, 2019
Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!
Pentecost is “The Birthday of the Church” in the sense that it marked the first public showing-forth, the celebration of the church’s amazing identity and mission for all to see. As a church, we are a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and languages never heard of in history, but all fully united as one in the worship of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
If, by some miracle, you and I have found the grace to believe these mysteries, then it’s party time! We are blessed to know who we are, and whose we are. But Pentecost wasn’t the Opening Day of an exclusive country club…and sometimes Catholics have been guilty of leaving this impression. Do we feel even a tinge of self-satisfaction? Are we irritated or angry with “those people who play golf on a Sunday morning instead of coming to church?” If so, we’ve lost our way. We then become the haughty, arrogant phonies who drive people away from the church. We must be merciful to others, and ask the Holy Spirit to “heal our wounds, our strength renew.”
The church of Jesus Christ is his living body…and Pentecost is the day we receive our mission from Jesus: to do, through the church, the great work we cannot do on our own. We should jump with joy at receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which help us to place ourselves at the service of the world. As St. Paul says, our mission leads us from gifts to service: “…there are different forms of service, but the same Lord; there are different workings, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” Pentecost should give us a new reverence for the wild and wonderful workings of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be grateful that the Spirit “blows where it will,” to produce different results in different people.
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 the Lord Jesus, the One Savior of the world, known and loved to all we meet!
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Come O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, and console me. Tell me what I must do. Inspire me with what I must say. Give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to You in all that You ask of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your will, and do Your will. Amen.
Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love! Come, Holy Spirit!
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish