Happy Easter my young friends,
I know it is hard to believe spring is here, especially given the 23 inches of snow we recently received. As May begins, and we continue the celebration of Easter, we look ahead with anticipation to the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the birthday of the church.
Because each of us is a member of the body of Christ, the feast of Pentecost is a little like a second birthday. It is a celebration with symbols of flame, wind and the dove, which represent the gift of the Holy Spirit. The color of Pentecost is red and if you remember what we learned last month, the priest wears red vestments on this special day. You are invited to dress in red, too. Over the next few weeks let us ready ourselves for the feast of Pentecost.
It was seven weeks after his resurrection, on the feast of Pentecost, that Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit upon his followers gathered together in Jerusalem. What happened that first Pentecost also happens for Christians throughout the world today. It happens not with the drama of a Hollywood feature film, using wind and tongues of fire, but it happens when we put our trust and faith in Jesus, truly becoming his disciples.
It is a personal relationship with Jesus that we are building, my young friends. And if I asked you what your relationship with Jesus was like, what would you say? Would you say you have put your trust and faith in Jesus? If yes, are you living a life with love, joy, peace and mercy? Live like the first disciples did, spreading the message of Jesus everywhere you go.
The Holy Spirit is given to each of us individually, and also, to all the people of God’s community. God’s community, and our life in it, is central to God’s work in the world. Pentecost gives us the opportunity to renew our commitment to live this personal relationship with Christ.
Let us celebrate the birth of the church in the coming of the Holy Spirit. And may God continue to bless you and your families as you spread the message of Jesus in word and action.