Sisters and Brothers,
Many of you have offered kind words regarding our Pentecost Celebration last Sunday. Although the Choir was a bit seasick from the moving streamers, I think most of us got a sense that the Spirit was flowing among us. It was felt and heard and sensed in a variety of ways.
Perhaps the most important way that the Spirit was present to us was through the use of technology - which is almost counter intuitive. But as those of you who were in church know, we had two guests with us who are deaf. And yet, through the use of technology they were able to read a transcript and understand (most of) what was said. There were of course some hiccups, so technology is not quite as powerful as the Holy Spirit.
Being able to hear, or in this case read, the Good News of God's inclusive love is what Pentecost was all about. Bridging the divide and breaking down barriers allowed people from different backgrounds, different nationalities and different languages to worship God together. That is what we are trying to do at St. Jerome's. We're trying to be a modern-day expression of Pentecost. And as we try to participate with the movement of the Holy Spirit, I believe we will find blessings beyond our wildest imagining. God has great things in store for us sisters and brothers!
This Sunday the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday and we continue the Spirit's work by bringing in a new member into the Body of Christ. Jose Alberto Vazquez Duran will be baptized into the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and he will become a full-fledged member of our parish family. He will be baptized into the name of the Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We, in response will be asked to do all in our power to support him in his Christian faith. What a wonderful way to honor God and to pay homage to the work God is doing in our midst.
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