From the Pastor’s Desk
May 28, 2023
“Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Brothers and Sisters,
Have you ever had to sign for a package? There’s a thrill in accepting a delivery with your signature. It feels essential or special, made better when it’s an unexpected gift your signoff affords.
Culminating at the close of the Easter season, the celebration of Pentecost highlights the essence of God’s plan through the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. As God’s beloved sons and daughters, we are not passive bystanders to this pursuit. We are to be sharers of Jesus’ life and, through Jesus, our Lord’s coworkers and collaborators with the Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit!
We have no option but to open our hearts and receive this prepaid gift from Jesus. Like a delivery needing a signature on our receipt, Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit requires our action and acceptance. Still, I understand that some days, we might feel like refusing the assistance of the Spirit, thinking the Church is about to crumble. Or maybe, you’ve felt that we, as disciples, are not executing God’s plan right. Take heart; God’s will does not reign. Let’s implore our Advocate to bestow us with wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord, and any attribute required to align our hearts, minds, and souls with God’s intention. With our approval comes our commitment to employing the advantages of the Spirit so we can live our lives as God intended them, to better our little corners of the world, releasing the fruits of mercy, peace, and joy upon the hungry world while giving glory every step of the way!
We sincerely thank Bishop Bruce for celebrating our Pentecost Vigil and all of you who offered prayers of invitation to the Holy Spirit so that we might be strengthened and united as the Body of Christ, as one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church!
For Memorial Day, as we remember so many who have given their lives in service of our country, let us pray that their ultimate sacrifice may inspire us to live for the sake of freedom and justice for all. Join us for Mass on Monday, May 29, beginning at 9 am, shared with the Feast of Mary, the Mother of the Church, as we pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.