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Celebrating Pentecost

Today’s feast is a special celebration of the birthday of the Church. It is also the day when we hear Jesus commission his disciples to spread the good news of the Gospel. “As my Father has sent me, so I send you.” Jesus gives them the Holy Spirit to enable their work. The Spirit is the “Advocate” who will “teach them everything” and “remind them of everything” they need to know.

For fifty days we have celebrated the greatest mystery of our faith -Jesus’ death and resurrection. Okay, so now what? Where do we go from here? Well, liturgically we go back to ordinary time to reflect on the teaching and ministry of Jesus. That’s fine for the Church, but what about us? Where do we go from here? Jesus says, “As my Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Today marks only a point in our journeys of faith. During Lent and Easter, we have been invited to take time to deepen our faith in some way, to feed our soul by improving our relationship with God – Jesus. In this way, we strengthen ourselves for this journey of faith. We are invited at each Mass to consider where God’s grace has touched our lives and be grateful for what God has done for us. Hopefully our gratitude impels us to share the news of God’s grace in our lives with others. If we do that, we participate in Jesus’ ministry of sharing the good news of God. In that way, we help to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. And that is the work of discipleship!