23 May, 2021

This is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church; you and I are the Church, what a wonderful day it is. I have a reflection I want to offer on what this Solemnity for all of us.

All of us have had and will continue to experience in our lives. One of those is the experience of power.: physical, the ability to jog, play, work, sing. Mental, we can think, have ideal, be imaginative, remembering. Free will: to make our own choices.

One of the greatest powers is the human person, you and me. Do you believe you are a powerful person? Whether you believe it or not, we are. Remember the times you made someone laugh, cry, made them feel sad, convinced them in making a decision, how you changed a person’s life because you became part of their life and loved them. The same is true of others who have affected you and me.

Pentecost is about power: the gift of the Spirit which took fear away from the disciples, inspired courage and changed them . We are powerful persons. My sisters and brothers, we have to gifts that can make us powerful if we only respond to them: the Holy Spirit living within us and our knowledge of the Gospel..

Just think what you and I can do if we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us unleashing the message of the Gospel in being compassionate, loving, persons not uncompromising in living the Gospel.

My sisters and brothers, you and I have work to do and we have the Holy Spirit to help us do it. Will you? How will you use the power that is within you?

Next weekend, St. John’s will participate in the Annual Mission Co Program. Sister Dorothy Fabritze of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart will speak after the homily at all the Masses. Please click here or see column three (3) on the bulletin for a description of the MSC sisters mission.

Thank you for all you do for our parish and for ensuring that St. John’s is “Good News in the Heart of Philadelphia.”

Father John