Today we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, in which we call to mind the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early Church! Pentecost brings the Easter Season to a close but it is by no means an end to reflecting on the Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus and the Sending of the Holy Spirit. We still live out the Paschal Mystery in our lives and in our Church to this very day. The Dying and Rising of Christ is made new through the power of the Holy Spirit every day of the year until the end of time. One of the challenges for Christians today is to not think of Pentecost as a “once and done” event. The Holy Spirit has been with the Church since the beginning and will be with us until the end of time. The Holy Spirit has guided the Church (sometimes through some very rough times!) and the Holy Spirit is leading us and guiding us still. Where is the Holy Spirit leading us in this third millennium of Christianity? We cannot know completely. I think the early Church would be surprised at where this billion-plus member Church is now! All we can do is be open to the Spirit in our lives and pray fervently and sincerely, “Come Holy Spirit, Come!”
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