Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the Church. As we get older, birthdays become a time for reflection, a time to look at who we have been, who we are now, and an opportunity to decide who we still want to be.
Those first followers of Jesus learned that to be Church mean to discover a faith strong enough to overcome fear, a hope firm enough to replace discouragement, and a love deep enough to replace hatred and prejudice. It meant to pray together, learn together, work together, and stick with one another despite differences of culture, race, background, previous religious practices, status, gender, or politics. Being church mean belonging to a