Today is Pentecost Sunday. While Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit comes down and forward in our midst, working outside and inside each one of us, bringing us together, and forming a community journeying toward the kingdom of God.

“Peace be with you.” This is the Lord’s greeting for all of us in today’s Gospel. The Holy Spirit is also called the Paraclete, the Comforter who gives us peace and blessed assurance during these difficult and uncertain times. Let us call on the Holy Spirit to give us that peace so secure that we can go through life strong, hopeful, and joyful through it all.

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. May the COVID-19 pandemic bring forth a rebirth in the Church, in the clergy, and in the laity. May we all come out of this trial with a stronger sense of God, purified and refined. May we focus less on creed, code, and cult, and focus more on respect, openness, and solidarity. May we not stifle the Holy Spirit. Instead, let us allow the Holy Spirit to empower us.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us out of the darkness of COVID-19, and fill us with a stronger sense of God, and kindness. Amen.

​Fr. Dante