Sunday, May 27, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

Pentecost is the Greek word for "the fiftieth" day after Easter. It is the day that officially closes the Easter season. It is the day that we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles — and many refer to it as the "birthday" of the church, since on this day the apostles became empowered and inflamed with an inner gift of spirit so that they were compelled "from within" to go "out there" to spread the good news!

We get "who we are" when we think of ourselves and define ourselves as a Pentecost Church – a church filled with God’s Holy Spirit. We begin to understand "who we are" when we explicitly reach out to the Spirit of God for guidance, for understanding, for wisdom, for enlightenment.

When we seek the spirit of truth and open ourselves to be shaped and formed by God's Spirit, then the great mystery God calls us and sends us forth.

Pentecost is the dynamic moment in time that we identify as a new beginning and the true meaning of "who we are" and "what we are to do."

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard Parish Administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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