We continue in this season of Easter, to respond to the call to be Easter people. We are each called to celebrate and rejoice in our new life in Christ once again. Our parishes are filled with signs and celebrations of our new life as Catholic Parishes.
God created us to be people of community. Living in community is essential to who we are as well as, who we are called to become, as individual and as family. Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give this soul.”
I have been once again blessed to be in the space and place to see, hear and feel this witness revealed. To see and be blessed by the Wonder and Awe of God’s Presence, that is alive in our parishes is a blessing.
In the past weeks, we have celebrated 30 First Communions and 59 Confirmations. I am blessed to have been able to stand with excited children and parents and witness their excitement of receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus for the very first time. I pray for this excitement to be the same for all of us who are called to the Holy Eucharist each and every Sunday.
I stood in awe as I witnessed the anointing with the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. To have journeyed with our youth and sponsors and parents this year has been nothing short of gift.
Each of these children and youth are part of families, both immediate and extended. I trust that we have made a difference in the lives of our community and that we know and recognize that vital role for which we have been called by our own Baptism; not merely by what we may have done but rather by who we are, who we have been and who we are to become for those with whom our lives interface.
We come to God together. It matters not where we have been, it matters that we are here and together come to God. And it matters. We come broken and tattered, worn and healed, hopeful and joyful, seeking and witnessing. We are all created in the likeness and image of God. We all are called to give witness to the Gospel and the unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance to which Christ calls us.
We trust our God when we are alone and seeking, when we are joyful and hopeful. We trust in God to breathe on us with eyes and ears that will see and recognize God’s self in our community. We yearn for the breath of God, to breathe on us and fill us with hope and a purpose. We long for community and connection.
In these final days of Easter as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost, let us together pray for us to stand together and celebrate all that has been, all that is and all that is to come. Amen. Alleluia!