6th Sunday of Easter | 9 May 2021
“Get up. I myself am also a human being.”
Brothers and Sisters,
Happy Mothers’ Day! This weekend we honor our well-deserving mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all the mother figures all in our lives. Their generous love and support reflect the goodness of the Lord. We remember them and in our masses throughout this week.
Likewise, this weekend, we will crown, Mary, our Blessed Mother, renewing the consecration of our parish to her, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. At times, Catholicism’s reverence of Mary is often misunderstood, even by our brothers and sisters in Christ. Like many of our mothers, Mary does not seek recognition and reward. Her desire is that we might know her Son and follow the Lord by the gift of the Spirit. Let us continue to implore the intercession of our Blessed Mother and give thanks to God for her motherly care and compassion for us, her adopted daughters and sons by the gift of Christ on the cross.
In today’s first reading, Peter’s reaction to Cornelius falling to his feet in homage to him, a mere man “also a human being,” validates all praise, honor, and glory are due to our one true King, Jesus Christ! Peter further instructs Cornelius and the others neither social classes nor distinctions of worthiness are acceptable in the Church. The same should apply today. God does not want us to establish ranks of superior or inferior. While easily recognized as valid, this teaching to treat one another without prejudice or distinction requires an openness to guidance and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This need reminds us the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost is not a one-time event or occurrence. As the faithful gathered in prayer and listened to Peter’s preaching, with the Spirit bringing them into union with God. Countless gifts and blessings are received by those who are open to the Holy Spirit today.
I encourage all our families and parishioners to enter into prayer together at our Pentecost Novena. Welcoming the gifts of the Spirit to strengthen the mission of our parish. These nine-evenings of prayer will center on the titles of the Holy Spirit, attributed in the Litany of the Holy Spirit:
- Truth & Wisdom
- Holiness & Justice
- Understanding & Counsel
- Love & Joy
- Peace & Patience
- Longanimity & Meekness
- Benignity & Goodness
- Love Substantial of the Father & Son
- Love & Life of Saintly Souls
Join us in-person or via livestream worship, beginning Friday, May 14 at 7 pm, for uplifting, live music, along with novena prayers, reflection, and benediction in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Novena culminates in our celebration of Pentecost, with the extended Vigil at 7 pm on Saturday, May 22, along with the regular Sunday Masses that same weekend.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Rev. Michael S. Triplett