May 20, 2018
Pentecost recalls the gift of the Holy Spirit to the first Apostles and the birth of the Church. The Holy Spirit works in the Church through individuals; through each of us. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to inspires us, guide us and fill us with love and joy.
However, most of us won’t discover the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire, but instead through delicate nudges that make us pay attention and create a desire towards love, goodness and God. The Holy Spirit nudges us to pay attention to suffering, beauty, and goodness. We pay attention and we’re drawn to act whether that is to lend a helping hand, or a listening ear, or to celebrate beauty, or to imitate goodness. We’re nudged to pay attention. We’re nudged to follow our best and deepest desires. We are nudged to seek God. God leaves us free, but the Holy Spirit is constantly nudging us in the right direction.
The question is whether we pay attention and whether we follow our best desires? If we do follow, we become more in tune with the Spirit and it becomes easier to notice the nudgings and follow. If we fail to pay attention and follow, then we become numb and it becomes harder to hear the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Today, we’re reminded of God’s greatest gift, the gift of God’s self in the Holy Spirit. May we pay attention to the Holy Spirit nudging our hearts, our attention and our desires toward goodness, love and truth.
Last week to sign up for Vacation Bible School. The deadline for sign-ups in May 25th. We have introduced a deadline for registrations this year so we can have the needed supplies for all the children, and so our volunteer teachers can be ready to welcome each child as they come. VBS is June 18-22. Now is the time to sign up your kids to attend. Now also is the time to volunteer, either as a youth volunteer of adult volunteer. Share in this great week of learning and fun.