If we were having a second cup of coffee, I would tell about this Sunday being an important day in the life of the Catholic Church. It is Pentecost Sunday, fifty days after Easter, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, Mother Mary, and the other disciples: “Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.” (Acts 2:3-4) We celebrate the day when the Apostles went out and boldly announced to the world the Good News of Jesus Christ.
If we were having a second cup of coffee, I would tell that I am wearing my red Deacon stole; red symbolizing the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is a fire that is desperately needed in the Church, to awaken slumbering hearts and souls. It is desperately needed in my own heart and soul. We need to open ourselves to experience the love, the awesomeness of God. And we need to rekindle the fire within ourselves; to be able to go out and give witness, by word and deed, to the love of God.
If we were having a second cup of coffee, I would tell you the story of a Desert Father, whose was approached by one of his followers. This person had been faithful to living the Gospel, following his rule of life, and engaging in constant prayer to God. He asked his spiritual father: “What more did he need to do?” The Desert Father raised his hands to the sky, and his fingers turned to fire, “If you will, you can become all flame” he said. May all our hearts become aflame with the power of the Holy Spirit; may that fire spread throughout our communities, our nations, our world.
Well, the cup is empty, and the caffeine is wearing off. See you next weekend over a warm cuppa.