May 20th: Feast of Pentecost
Dear Parish Family,
They kept the door to the Upper Room barred, those eleven remaining disciples of the Lord. They did this even after they experienced the Resurrection. The disciples knew how they were to conduct themselves. They had heard Jesus’ sermons; they had seen how He lived. But they were afraid—that they too would be arrested and killed, probably also crucified. Besides, how could they fulfill the Lord’s mandate to proclaim the Kingdom to all people? They were just simple men. They really didn’t understand the most significant event in human history. The disciples did not have the Power of God. Then on Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit came upon them. They prophesied. They spoke in tongues. The went out of that locked upper room, no longer cowardly, but willing to risk their lives if only they could draw others to Christ. And that day people from all over the world heard the apostles speaking in their own languages. They felt the Power of God working through the eleven common, every day men. Immediately, 3,000 of them converted to Christ. The Church was born. And today the Kingdom continues to grow throughout the world due to the Power of God, due to the Holy Spirit. We all have experienced the working of the Spirit in our own lives. There is something—rather, Someone– within us which calls us to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is there deep within our lives, leading us to the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us from knowing about God to knowing God, to experiencing God. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us to convince others that God loves them. It is the Holy Spirit that fills the world with the love and compassion of our merciful God. Pentecost is not merely a historical event. It is a continuing reality. The Holy Spirit continues to come upon people for the sole purpose of leading all to Jesus Christ. We are all in the Upper Room as the wind blows and the tongues of fire descend on our heads. We possess the Spirit of God. We call upon the Holy Spirit today. We ask Him to continue to work through the Church in general and through each of us in particular. We ask him to help us continue the mandate of the Lord: May we, like the first apostles and all the fervent Christians throughout the ages, lead others to Christ. (Www.frjhom.com)
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018! We applaud the work you have accomplished in past years and acknowledge that this is a new beginning for you as you continue your journey though life. We pray that like the apostles enlightened and strengthen by the Holy Spirit, you will share Christ, the love and power of God, with everyone you encounter
God bless you all!
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG