Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost. With the gift of the Holy Spirit the Apostles were empowered to be Jesus’ witnesses to the ends of the earth. Pentecost marks the birth of the Church as we are called and empowered to continue that witness today.
We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. Theologians sometimes divide Salvation History into three parts in which each Person of the Blessed Trinity acts as a protagonist: God the Father creates; God the Son redeems and God the Holy Spirit sanctifies. In this final age, the age of the Church, the Holy Spirit is at work drawing all things into Christ in preparation for Jesus’ second coming at which time he will hand everything over to the Father and the Kingdom will be fully established. We live in exciting times! The Holy Spirit truly is the ‘wind beneath our wings.’
Pentecost also marks the conclusion of the Easter Season. The Paschal Candle that was blessed and lit on Holy Saturday has been present at the ambo or pulpit throughout the Easter Season. At the conclusion of the 11:30 am Mass this weekend, it will be carried to the Baptismal Font where it will be lit at every baptism celebrated at Christ the King. That same Paschal Candle will be placed at the head of the casket of every parishioner buried from Christ the King. The Paschal Candle is a symbol of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. It is a constant reminder to us that we who have been baptized into Jesus’ death have also been promised a share in his resurrection. The Paschal Candle is a powerful symbol of our faith.
Today, after prayer to the Holy Spirit, three names will be chosen by lot from the parishioners who have offered to serve on the Pastoral Council. Thank you to all who offered this service and may God bless those who will be called to this special service to our parish.
Please remember that this Sunday evening we will gather as a parish family in the Church at 8:00 pm to honor the Blessed Mother with the recitation of the rosary. An ice cream social will follow on the parish lawn. Pope Francis has designated the Monday following Pentecost as the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. Mary was with the Apostles in the Upper Room on Pentecost as the Church was born. She remains with us as Mother of the Church supporting and encouraging us as we make our journey home. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
See you at Mass!