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May 31, 2020
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A Sunday Reflection
Pentecost Sunday (Cycle A)
Welcome back! It is a joy to celebrate with you present in our church. Let us pray that soon we may be able to gather as a community without restrictions.
The Holy Spirit comes upon the Blessed Virgin and the apostles gathered in prayer with the force of a mighty wind. It is the same Spirit that the Lord Jesus had breathed on them in His first appearance after the resurrection; the Spirit that hovered over the waters at the dawn of creation. He is light as the breath that sustains our life, strong as the wind that propels us forward.
Today we are invited to open our hearts to this Holy Spirit so that He may drive us to do the work of God, to spread His word. May He be our Advocate, our Comforter, our rest, the welcome guest of our souls. May He pour on us his seven gifts for the good of the Church. Come, Holy Spirit! God bless you!
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
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A group of our parishioners met Archbishop Wenski on March 4. We thank Rolando and Irene Silva for hosting the event.
THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD, which the Church celebrates at the end of the Easter season, is hard to explain to a lot of contemporary people. The key to understanding both the meaning and significance of this feast is a recovery of the Jewish sense of heaven and earth.
We tend to think of salvation as an escape from this world—this vale of tears—to a disembodied state called “heaven.” Biblical cosmology sees heaven and earth as interacting and interpenetrating fields of force. On the Biblical reading, salvation is a matter of the meeting of heaven and earth, so that God might reign as thoroughly here below as he does on high.
The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit down through the ages, is meant to be the privileged place where this coming-together happens. In good preaching, in great Christian art, in the architecture of our churches and cathedrals, in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, in the lives of the saints, and perhaps especially in the liturgy, earth and heaven meet.
The Ascension is Jesus’ journey, not to another place, but to another dimension. What the angels who appeared to the disciples [after He ascends] are hinting at none too subtly, is this: under the influence of Jesus’ spirit, get to work! Do all that you can to foster the marriage of heaven and earth!
Bishop Robert Barron, Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters
Original in wordonfire.org, May 27, 2011.