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Letter from the pastor
Dear Friends in Christ,
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost. In a sense, Pentecost is marked by a time of rejoicing versus any time of discouragement. As St. John Chrysostom once asked, “Why did (Jesus) appear to them in the evening?” He continued by saying, “Because it was probable that they would then be most fearful…at the same time His voice calmed their troubled minds as He said to them: Peace be to you; that is: Be not troubled; recalling what He had said to them just before His Crucifixion: Peace I leave with you, and also, In Me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress.” And so we are presented with a contrast of this Time of Discouragement versus this Time of Rejoicing.
Jesus comes to the Apostles in the evening of the day of Resurrection. In other words, He comes to them in darkness. Darkness often causes discouragement in the hearts of the faithful, which indicates the weakness of our human nature and our need for His Divinity. So Jesus comes to the Apostles in the darkness, in their weakness, which is disclosed in this circumstance as they gathered together behind closed doors through fear of the Jews.
Jesus came during the night to dispel the darkness of discouragement and to breathe on them the Holy Spirit leading them to rejoice. As Pope Paul VI once wrote, “The oxygen-rich breath of the Spirit came to arouse drowsy energies in the Church, to awaken charisms which were asleep, to infuse that sense of vitality and joy which is at all times the mark of the Church being young and up-to-date, ready and happy to re-announce her eternal message to the new times.”
And so Pentecost is this outpouring of the Spirit and his GIFTS. The gifts of the Spirit are there and yet so often we forget to ask for them and even more we so frequently inhibit any real growth of these gifts by our failure to make use of them for the Church. And so in the words of Pope St. John Paul II, “...let us turn our prayers to the Holy Spirit in this period. Let us pray for His gifts. Let us pray for transformation of our souls. Let us pray for fortitude in confession, for coherence between our lives and the faith. Let us pray for the Church, that she may fulfill her mission in the Holy Spirit...”
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson