My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After the celebration of Pascha and the joy of the Paschal season, we now turn our focus to the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost. The sending of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire and the sending of the Apostles throughout the world, shows the universality of the message of the Risen Christ. It is this universal message that the Apostles preached throughout the world and which we are called to emulate.
The message of the church and certainly our parish, must continue to be the joy of the Risen Christ and through that our salvation. Often, we place emphasis on the mundane things of this life drawing our attention away from what is ultimately important. When our emphasis changes our priorities change, sometimes not to our benefit. This leads to our being drawn away from what the Apostles received at Pentecost and what we have been called to continue.
As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost let us keep the universality of the message of the joy of the Risen Christ and our salvation in the fore. Let us also focus not on the mundane things of this life but on those things that will lead to our salvation. May our Lord give us the wisdom to continue on His path following in the footsteps of the Apostles.
In His Service,