(Father Cebula was away this weekend, but shared a few thought for reflection this Pentecost 2016)
Today is the Feast of PENTECOST, the birthday of the Church, because it was on the 1st Pentecost many, many years ago that the Holy Spirit entered the followers of Jesus.
On that First Pentecost, they became the BODY of CHRIST in the world.
As one scripture scholar has shared: The Feast of Pentecost is meant to be a blowout celebration that reminds us of the unfathomable power we have been given to create a community of universal solidarity.
Pentecost celebrates the fact that the Gospel can be understood in every time and culture because it fulfills the deepest yearning of human hearts.
With ALL of our bewildering differences… Pentecost tells us that we are all such a part of one another that sharing God’s peace is really possible. That is the message we are called to believe and proclaim by the way we live!
Seems to me it is not about someone else being Jesus. It’s about you and me being Jesus. And with the Gift of the Spirit that is the gift of Pentecost (as well as Baptism and the Eucharist), we can become the “Body and Blood of Jesus” to one another and to all.
Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the Earth. May we be Jesus to one another today and everyday. Amen.