The Holy Spirit

05-19-2013Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

It's good to be home. As I have mentioned before there is nothing like celebrating Mass, the central mystery of our faith, with people that we have forged a spiritual bond in our lives. I certainly have missed celebrating with you every week and am so happy to be present again in the parish. Please keep me and the whole parish in prayer as we enter into a time of discernment and prayer and transition these next weeks.

This week end we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. The first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles demonstrates the power of God changing people's lives. The timid and fearful, the ordinary and simple, people from all walks of life and from every nation are made bold with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Influenced by the prompting of the Spirit they began to witness in ways that would have been unthinkable prior to Pentecost. From that humble beginning a new age dawned: the age of the Church. We still live in the age of the Church. We are waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus Christ. In the meantime, we do not sit idle. We have a mission entrusted to us.

Today, perhaps now more than ever we need a strong Church. Not strong in the worldly political sense, but strong in our confidence in God. This is the real key to our individual mission and our collective mission as a Church. The early Church believed God's promises and were willing to put their life on the line for Him. It is still a profound truth: we will never live until we discover what it is we are willing to die for. It's a provocative question: what am I truly living for? Who am I ultimately committed too? Would anyone else know that about me?

This is also the week end of the Holy Spirit at St. Magdalen's because we are celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. On Saturday 160 young people were Confirmed! I reminded them it was not magic nor "graduation from Church". Now more than ever they are needed to be bold witnesses to Jesus in a world that desperately needs to meet Him. Most people will not meet him unless they meet a real Christian, a real believer. Please pray with me that all of these young people and the 17 adults who will be confirmed at the 12:00 Mass will experience a deep outpouring of the gifts and graces that come from being anointed in the Holy Spirit.

I look forward to sharing more with you about my work in studying the New Evangelization. I want to ask you to save the date and come to a parish gathering on Tuesday evening May 28th, at 7:00pm in the Parish Center where I will give a presentation on the New Evangelization and our parish life. May, Mary the Mother of the Church, and the Star of the New Evangelization watch over us and bring us to Jesus.

Father Tim