Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. And what a joyous feast it is! The readings speak of our birthright as Christians. They encourage letting go of fear; being at peace; welcoming the amazing power, gifts and surprises of the Spirit; stretching boundaries and forgiving. This feast calls for energy, new life, amazing possibilities. We are not to be paralyzed by fear, structures, laws, criticism, stereotypes, past hurts, misunderstandings. We are alive in and filled with the powerful Spirit of God! We are called, inspired, encouraged and sustained by the gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear (wonder, awe) of God.
- What is keeping me from experiencing the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit?
- Of what gift am I most in need at this time?
- Do I recognize that my gifts are not given for my use alone, but for the good of all?
- How can I re-energize my faith in the Spirit of God?
Spirit of God, come upon us anew as you did the early disciples on Pentecost. Shake us up and energize us for the work of sharing our gifts with all in love and compassion. Creative Wind, blow where you will, clearing away what is tired and worn and discouraged! Give us new life and energy for the challenging days ahead. Come Holy Spirit. Renew the face of the earth!
S. Maureen Irvin, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
Blessings on your weekend!