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-I will be celebrating mass at 4pm on Sat and 11am on Sunday
Who you are is What is Sent!
As I began mentioning on Easter Sunday, while Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, it is for us all about baptism. And baptism is the means of our individual and collective conversion to life.
We have begun every Sunday celebration in this Easter season with the recalling of our baptism and the sprinkling with water. In the waters of baptism, we become a new creation. My question this Pentecost Sunday at the conclusion of this Easter season is: have we become who we are?
Does our identity as the children of God, cause us to "walk always as children of the light" as the rite of baptism says? Has our identity as members of one body, communion, caused us to enter this church today recognizing ourselves as "temporarily separated and now re- constituted" members of an organic body in Christ rejoicing in our communion and fortified to do what God has called us to do as one? Does our identity as the body of Christ invigorate us to "go" and bear the life of Christ in our bodies to every person, place, and situation we will encounter?
Pentecost is the celebration of God's chosen method (transforming unity) to turn individuals born and separated in sin into one face of mercy for the world and in the world. Have you seen His face on us? And do you see your face in us?
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!