2021-05-23Pentecost SundayRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

After our Lord Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, his disciples were afraid to preach the Gospel message. Something like a strong driving wind and pillar of fire descended upon the disciples and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave the early disciples the courage and conviction to spread the Christian faith. This was called Pentecost. Pentecost means that it happened 50 days after Easter.

Preaching the Gospel message of Jesus was a difficult task and many lost their lives doing so. Since the Christian religion was against the law and people would be persecuted for their faith it took great courage to become and remain a Christian. When the disciples received the Holy Spirit into their lives it was the beginning of the Christian Church.

When we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes upon us and we should be ready to share our faith with others. Confirmation should be the beginning of our own discipleship. It is not the end of our Christian education. It is not the beginning of adulthood. The Sacrament of Confirmation is our own personal Pentecost.

Too many people take the Church for granted in this country. Many Christians in other parts of the world are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. They need to be supported by us in as many ways as possible. Certainly, they need to be supported by our prayers.

Jesus is the way to salvation. Jesus is our ticket to heaven. If we stay close to Jesus and love him and share his love with others then we can be called his disciples.

Our Church, the Roman Catholic Church, is the original Christian Church. The apostles were our first bishops. Catholic means universal, which means that our Church is for all people. We are Roman because we are the Latin rite. There are other eastern rites in our Church such as the Byzantines, the Maronites, the Melkites and the Coptics as well as others. They too are a part of our Church because we profess the same faith in other languages.

Being a Christian a follower of Jesus Christ, is a great gift that God has given us. Being able to celebrate the Eucharist without being persecuted is also a great gift.

We are very fortunate people. Let us give thanks to the Lord, Jesus Christ, and let us share our faith in Jesus as often as possible.

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