This week we celebrate Pentecost. It is in many ways a hinge feast between Easter and the rest of the Liturgical Year. It celebrates 50 days after the Resurrection, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the birth of the Church. The disciples were waiting, still fearful, not having grasped the Easter message of “Do not be afraid”, wondering about Christ’s promise not to leave them alone. The Spirit comes upon them like tongues of flame we’re told and they are filled with the life of the Spirit.
This weekend we have witnessed many younger members being confirmed by Bp. Tom Curry, an old friend of the parish. These young men & women received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts that will still need to be nourished. WISDOM, which helps us understand the value of heavenly things, UNDERSTANDING, which helps us grasp the truths of our faith, COUNSEL, which helps us make right choices, FORTITUDE, which helps us be strong in faith, KNOWLEDGE, of right and wrong, PIETY, which makes us eager to serve God in action and worship, FEAR OF THE LORD, the attitude of respect for God, his authority and commandments. After the Holy Spirit had empowered the apostles, they became fearless, they grasped the message “do not be afraid’; it is not just a calming greeting but a call to action. They get up from the locked room and go out and are seen preaching fearlessly the Good News to all who would hear it. We hope that our young men and women will live the good news fearlessly. Pray for them, encourage them, appreciate them.
God bless you, your families, and the week ahead.
Fr. Aidan Peter, CJ