The Gift of Pentecost
Pentecost, which we celebrate today, is both a beginning and an ending. In terms of the liturgical season, we are ending the Easter period and beginning the Ordinary Time. During the Easter season, we have come to appreciate the meaning of Christ’s resurrection in our lives, the meaning of our personal relationship with Jesus and with one another as a community. Hopefully, we have come to understand the meaning of our mission as Church. We have come to appreciate powerful gifts inherent in Christ’s resurrection. And with Pentecost, we are founded as church, equipped with the powerful gifts of the Spirit.
As we approach the summer season and prepare for the coming Fall, we are invited to reflect on our sense of becoming church in terms of how we share our time, talent and treasure for building up our church community. It is important to have in mind the needs of others and how we respond to those needs with the abundance of God’s graces in our respective lives. The spirit of giving, more than that of receiving, has to permeate our relationships as a church community. We should not ask what our church can do for us but what we can do for our church, especially for those members who need most our care and concern.
As we struggle to live by our mission statement to become a welcoming and caring community and strive towards a deeper understanding of who God call us to be, let us now renew our resolve to be a sign of God’s love in our world. With the presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst, we commit to be more dedicated and more steadfast in our efforts to put into action the Christian values we profess to live by.
On this Pentecost Sunday, let us thank the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let us be more appreciative of the unity that the Spirit has gifted us in the midst of diverse and different talents God has bestowed our members and leaders. The celebration of Pentecost is about proclaiming the unity in diversity that characterizes our becoming church. May this Eucharist always remind of Christ’s sacrificial love that affords us that unity in the Spirit.