Reflection from Fr. Taylor: June 4, 2017, Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11   1Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13   John 20:19-23

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost. We refer to Pentecost Sunday as the Birthday of the Church. We celebrate that The Holy Spirit came up upon those present so that they could be fired up in their faith and about their mission in this world.

Although fire can have a negative meaning there are times that fire represents the presence of God. God speaks to Moses from a “Burning Bush” and God makes a covenant with Abraham as a fire in the night through His sacrificial offering. So it makes perfect since that the Holy Spirit fires up God’s people.

The Holy Spirit enlivens all of us, protecting all of us who open our lives to the Lord. We bring ourselves closer to God and each other. We can be purified and made holy. Our lives can be transformed to be more like that of Christ.

Indeed the Holy Spirit wants to rage through us to set our hearts on fire to do His work in this world. There is so much to be done and so much that we can accomplish, but we have to be energized to do that. As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday this week let each of us do some soul searching into our hearts. Our hearts must be on fire for love, reconciliation, and forgiveness in doing the right thing.

May God Bless Us All On This Pentecost Sunday!

 

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