This Pentecost, 2021, begins a restart of our community of faith after not getting together fully from March 15, 2020 until May 21, 2021. Like the 120 men and women we have gathered for the celebration of the Eucharist and prayer in much smaller numbers, steadfastly hoping for the day when others would be welcomed back. And now, thanks be to God, the medical community, those who worked so hard and quickly on the vaccines, those who distributed them to a willing population, here we are celebrating that the time has come!
I pray that the restart will not be a resumption, but that we approach this time with a renewed appreciation of this community of faith. We managed through Zoom meetings, phone calls, and other social media to stay somewhat in contact and have religious formation classes, Confirmation, First Communion and Adult Education through the creation of a special website. However, it wasn’t the same as really being together.
I also pray that we a greater awareness of the importance of coming together for the Eucharist, not just as individuals receiving the Lord’s presence in holy communion, but as a community praying in gratitude, making God’s presence in all of our lives stronger in our communion, a union with each other.
I also pray that we experience a greater sense of mission. Each of us is a learner, that is, a disciple, and gifted by the Spirit with a particular gift to be shared within and outside of this community. All of us, from the youngest infant to the oldest adult, are important members with a task to do in our own unique way to contribute our part to the whole. We have been created by the Father, chosen by the Son, and gifted by the Holy Spirit to encourage, support, mentor, and be a model of faith in action to others on our journeys of faith.
May the tongues as of fire which came to rest on each one of the disciples on that first Pentecost come to us, today’s disciples, on this Pentecost to enflame our spirits to foster a deeper sense of community, to a display a greater joy in our relationships, and to unite us in prayer in every Eucharist we share.