May 24, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them (Acts 2:2-3).
Lit up like the Menorah, the Old Covenant symbol of the Holy Spirit, the apostles were truly set on fire for the preaching of God’s Word and the celebration of the mysteries, the holy sacraments. The Church’s mission is born! Happy Pentecost!
Today’s feast finds its roots in a harvest festival celebrated 50 days after Passover. However, this simple festival of offering the first loaves of bread from the spring crop to the Lord quickly took on deeper theological tones, becoming a celebration of the Torah being given on Mt. Sinai. Just as Passover prefigured the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, the gift of the Torah prefigured our celebration of the gift of the new law prophesied by Jeremiah when he said, “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah… I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts.” And just as the loud and fiery descent of God came down on Mt. Sinai, so too in a display of power the Spirit comes down not only on Mt. Zion but comes to rest upon the apostles. Like them, we are sent forth from today’s celebration in the power of the Holy Spirit to make disciples of all nations. Let us begin with a renewed effort in our own church nestled in the city of Lancaster. Our presence and ministry here truly manifests the presence and ministry of God.
Next weekend is Commitment Weekend. Together we will boldly step forward to make our three-year pledge, our sacrifice for the church we love. Who among us has not spoken about how beautiful Historic St. Mary’s is and how blessed we are with the treasure handed down to us? Now is our turn, our time. Each one of us is a key piece of the puzzle that makes our parish shine! The hospitality for which we are known is about to take a quantum leap forward as we dedicate ourselves and our resources to making our vibrant and spirit-filled church more accessible, more energy efficient, and more usable for our ministries. Be a part of the campaign. This truly will be… Our Enduring Legacy!
See upcoming events and details in this bulletin, especially Deacon Don’s Priesthood Ordination and his Mass of Thanksgiving on June 6 and 7 respectively. Also mark your calendar for June 14, our Parish Picnic, always a fun event. Not on the calendar is my vacation. I’m going to Gifford Pinchot State Park to camp, kayak, bike, hike, swim, read, sleep and celebrate daily Mass from August 28 to the 31. Join me; go online and reserve your spot today. I’ll be in site 117.
Catechism Question of the Week: True or False: Those who belong to Christ through faith and Baptism must confess their baptismal faith before God. (see CCC 14)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: How does the mystery of the Trinity influence my relationship with God in prayer?
In Christ’s Peace,