Pastor’s Message 06/04/2017

June 15th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive

From the Desk of Father Dennis

Faith in the Resurrection must come from glimpses of our ability to make whole our suffering world.

~ Rita Nakashima Brock

What are your Pentecost plans? Not a holiday, you say, so not much TOO different from any other Sunday. You are missing something if you MISS something!

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and disciples in the Upper Room. We learned from last Sunday’s first reading that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was with them. She gathered with them, full of expectant hope.

The Holy Spirit did not just come “once” on Pentecost Day, this wonderful Feast. Rather, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon us whenever we ask and pray for His Guidance. In every one of the Sacraments, the Holy Spirit is invoked to “seal the deal” and make us whole. The Holy Spirit helps us to “make whole our suffering world,” to help us to listen to voices of the voiceless, to reach out to the powerless, those who do not have a place at the table.

It seems to me that Pentecost should afford us the opportunity to PRAY with expectant hope, like Mary and the Apostles and disciples. PRAY in detail, by asking that the Holy Spirit touch your heart, and help you to be transformed into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another aspect of Pentecost is to recognize those who are suffering. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the eyes of Christ, to see more clearly the needs of others: the unborn baby in the womb, the poor, the marginalized, the excluded, the victims of sexism, racism, and homophobia. Let us take Brock to heart, and make “whole” our world.

COME, HOLY SPIRIT AND RENEW THE FACE OF THE WORLD,

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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