Message from Fr. George
Happy Birthday, Church
Pentecost has been popularly called the birthday of the Church because from that point on, the apostles and the other disciples carried the message of salvation to the whole world.
Considering the limited talent of 120 people (Saint Luke's account) who gathered on that first Pentecost, no one could have predicted their impact on world history. None among them was a learned teacher or landowner or person of any substance. They came form farming and fishing villages of Galilee. Their first reaction to the crucifixion was to run and hide.
So what caused the change? Where did they find the guts to go out to the whole world and preach the good news? As we hear in the readings of Pentecost, a small group of disciples of Jesus received the Spirit of Jesus that transformed their puny lives and made them fearless missionaries of the love and forgiveness of God. The same Spirit has been at work in God's people ever since. Christians have not always relied on the power of the Sprit, but the Spirit is here for those who allow it to work in them.
There is an easy way to recast in a few phrases the stages of God's continuing relationship to each one of us. At Christmas we referred to the coming of Emmanuel, our God is WITH US. God's presence assures us protection. Then in Holy Week we experience a God who is willing to die FOR US. At Easter we celebrate our new life as Jesus overcomes death FOR US. This is the proof of God's love for us. On Pentecost we rejoice that God's love has come a step closer to us by sending His Spirit to live WITHIN US. Know you are the temples of the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of Truth remains with you and will be in you." (John 14:17). May the Holy Spirit be our strength and our guide always.
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