There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit. 1 Cor 12:4-7
It has been said that before God sent the Church into the world, God sent the Holy Spirit into the Church. This weekend, we bring the ninety days that began with forty days of Lent, and fifty days of Easter to completion with the celebration of the Church filled with the Holy Spirit.
The challenge for each of us is to recognize that each of us, one and all, is inspired by God’s Spirit to serve God. It’s important to recognize our uniqueness, our diversity. Our Baptism invites us to be partners with Christ in the mission of the Church to praise and proclaim Jesus as Lord. In the context of the Church, no one should be a passive bystander. This Pentecost, come forward and use the gifts God has given you, and me, for the mission of the Church. Our summer parishioners are also invited to help us her at Notre Dame de la Mer. Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Ushers and Musicians are always needed at our ten weekend Masses. If that is a gift the Spirit has given you – share it with us. If raffle tickets and talking with people is your gift – use it. Reaching out to the needy is so important in our mission – use that gift. There is plenty to do to fulfill our Baptismal calling, and you can make a difference. Let the Holy Spirit fill you this Pentecost, and together the Church can be a true sign of Christ in our world.
We also recognize the many men and women who have used their gifts and talents to hear the calling of a nation to serve in our armed forces. From the earliest days of our nation, these men and women have risked and sacrificed so the rest of us can worship freely, speak freely and live freely. We especially welcome those veterans and active service personnel to the weekend Masses. This Memorial Day weekend is a time for us to quiet down and gratefully express our thanks for their sacrifices, especially the many who gave their lives. May the God of Love and Peace embrace these heroes until we all celebrate together in that Kingdom of Peace, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord.
Fr. Michael Field