Pentecost Sunday 2010
May 23, 2010 by Post Team
Pentecost Sunday 2010:Good morning. Today’s readings of Scripture for this feast of Pentecost have two different moments of the “coming of the Holy Spirit.” Something different, however, Luke and John to send a message: the Holy Spirit is a unique gift to the Church, each one of us. Each of us knows the stories, especially the history of the San Juan event occurs in an upper room.
This morning, let their minds bother me one bit. Let’s leave these two “occurrences of the Holy Spirit,” and turn our attention to a third celebration of this unique event in the history of our Church. Think of me this morning on the day his right foot or knelt in front of a man called the bishop, archbishop or cardinal to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. That day was a day when the Holy Spirit came to each of us. This was the day the Holy Spirit was “poured out in abundance,” as church people to say about each one of us.
What are we to think of this holiday, a holiday that is unique to each of us has been confirmed? Let me share with you the thoughts of a young twenty-something who writes and speaks through the media every day. Notes that we could think of this today: what is the greatest title that exists in the Church today? Surely some will say “Santa”, but not as much as you might think. Others have suggested that it may priest, bishop, cardinal or pope until recent times. However, none of them is the “largest” title.
As a hint, do not remember anything greatness can be given to any man or woman in our world that has faced and lived through the challenges … like the apostles and disciples did in the early days of the Church … when the two “Pentecost” was conducted.
No, friends, like my friend, said in a speech last week, the biggest name is one we all share: you and me and every time a member of our church is the biggest name of all. We, all of us believers. Yes, I agree with my friend because to be a believer, especially in our times is one of the most difficult challenges before us. Why? Because to be a believer means: “to trust, to have faith that, by doing our small part, wrong, God will accomplish the rest, both within ourselves and in our work.”
How hard is our faith if we really take seriously the words of Paul on the early church: “there are many gifts but one Spirit.” I truly believe that is what conveys the thought that being a believer make so challenging. Just think you know the parishioners in this parish, who you know personally, it’s who views that differ from yours. Are you willing to be open to the words of St Paul: “The Spirit”?
Yesterday I was involved in conversations with two very dedicated Christians, Catholics. One person told me how to help Pope Benedict XVI in the highest esteem. An hour later I heard the comments of a man who is convinced that Pope Benedict XVI has been a sort of failure as our pope. However, as I said, the comments of two very dedicated Catholics who attend Mass regularly. And, as is our modern style of dealing with these problems, those who like the position of the woman the man is crazy, far from being “the same Spirit.” Just as others may agree with the men and women consider what happens totally absent in our Church today.
So what are we to make of this “different gifts many” and “Spirit”? Is it madness? Is it ignorance? What if I then told her that women are very supportive of gay rights for Catholics? What if I say that the man was convinced that Vatican II was the worst action of the Church through the centuries?
Do you see what I’m saying? Being Christian is not easy because to believe is to test the faith every day. How many people left the Church or stand in strong opposition when he turned to the altar and facing the Latin language was left out? However, many today would object to the protest against the return the mandate of Masses in Latin.
Our experience of faith today is a great demand in our belief to the point that the Holy Spirit can be considered the busiest person of the Trinity.
Thinking of the “new Pentecost” in which we live during these decades after Vatican II, not many were opposed to renounce our faith or just to get away from active participation in the Church?
Today, then, we should not take to heart the words of the prayer sequence we have said with great seriousness? We do not have as God’s people screaming the words that read: “Healing the wounds, to renew our strength …. Double the stubborn heart and will, melt the ice cream, hot cold, and guidance on the steps that go astray …. give them joys that never end. “
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