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Back Pentecost Sunday
Friday, May 21, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
The early Church community would welcome new adult members through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the solemn Easter Vigil. Coming forth from their trifold immersion into the Baptismal bath their bodies were liberally anointed with the oil of Chrism. The perfume within the sacred oil would fill the assembly like burning incense and its scent itself was a symbol of the Holy Spirit permeating all things.
Today we celebrate the promised gift of God the Father and the Son. Pentecost, originally a Jewish feast celebrated fifty days after Passover, is now also a Christian celebration, fifty days after Easter and the birth of the assembly, the Church. Just like the scent of the oil of Chrism, the gift of the Spirit falls fresh upon those gathered behind locked doors for fear. Just like the sins of all are washed away in Baptism, the gift of the Spirit washes away all fear from the hearts of the early believers. The Spirit of God empowers them to break out of their false sense of security behind locked doors and replaces it with a proper sense of security in their membership within God’s eternal kingdom. The Holy Spirit is the promised Advocate who faithfully walks with us throughout our journey in life, continually prompting us to God’s life of truth.
The Holy Spirit enables believers to witness and manifest all the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The Holy Spirit gives all the strength to reject Godless ways: immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. In addition, the Holy Spirit continually equips believers with gifts that are not for themselves alone but meant to be shared with others to build up the body of Christ.
Here at Nativity, we have a long history of people sharing their gifts with others. Many will think of gifts as financial offerings that enable our community to move forward. That is true and where would we be without our faithful who make great sacrifices for God’s glory and support of our ministries. However, we also have many who raise up ideas, inspired by the Holy Spirit which then get put into practice and nourish us all in the fruits of God’s Spirit. We are open to God’s Spirit and welcome many devotional practices which help us all grow in our relationship with the Lord. Where would we be without the opportunities to Study God’s Word and enact it in our lives. Many thanks to all who have responded to the Holy Spirit and provided those opportunities for us with the whole Catechetical Ministry here at Nativity. It has been a tough COVID year, but we have been challenged to revision how sharing the faith will continue to happen here at Nativity. Many thanks to all who have responded to the Spirit’s invitation by the many outreach activities that offer us all a way to be involved in the corporal works of mercy. Finally thank you to all those who assist with the Catholic Education ministry of Nativity of Mary School. Again, Nativity has led the way in offering five-day safe environment education for our children. As we will soon experience some easing of our restrictions, we pray that God will continue to inspire us, assisting us in identifying our gifts as well as ways to share them to build up the Body of Christ among us. Amen!