From the Pastor’s Desk: "Veni Sancte Spiritus!" June 8, 2014
Today the Church celebrates Pentecost Sunday- a feast day that ranks among the most important in the Christian Calendar; together with Christmas and Easter they signify a crucial moment in the story of our salvation. Today we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in a manner so forceful and vigorous that their lives and the history of the Church were changed completely and forever.
They received the Holy Spirit’s help to boldly proclaim Jesus. The wind- the breath of the Holy Spirit- gave them a new life, the supernatural gift of grace which brings the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as He breathed on them the very breath of God. Breath symbolizes life. In the creation story, God breathed over the waters. He also breathed on to the clay of the ground and formed the first human being. As once He breathed on His disciples and gave them a new life, to make them a new creation and give them the life of His Spirit, saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Today, He breathes on us to give us life to receive His Spirit. We begin to live a new life; we have a new breath in us- the breath of God. We live this new life by doing the things God wants us to do, thinking the thoughts God wants us to think and by speaking the words that God wants us to speak. The breath of life received at Pentecost makes us children of God and no longer merely creatures of God, and marks a new creation. It is the beginning of a new and higher order.
With prayers, Fr. Andy