From the Pastor

June. The month when schools let out for the summer.  Graduations for the most part have taken place or will in the early part of the month; Father’s day occurs as well. For the Church there are significant Holy Days which usually fall within the month of June. Commemoration for our loved deceased relatives and friends on June 15th: Pentecost, June 16th: All Saints Sunday June 23rd. Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th and Holy Apostles 30th. Of these Pentecost is the important.

I have given some thought to wondering if we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and others gathered in the upper room, and from that inspiration and implanting of the Holy Spirit they spread throughout the known world carrying the message of our Lord to many. Do we have the same sense of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our life? Do we feel compelled or impelled to tell others of our faith, our religious beliefs, our life as Orthodox Christians? Do we feel the Holy Spirit and where is it guiding us to go?

For the disciples and followers of our Lord it was a dramatic and powerful moment. Yet it continues to happen as often as we meet and have a Divine Liturgy or other service. But imagine the impact it would have on us, if we felt the Holy Spirit urging us to go and teach, go and reach, go and tell others as did those first missionaries of our faith. Imagine if we told others the story.

Certainly, with our actions and behavior we show the story. It is for sure we live our life as an example of what it means to be part of the Holy Orthodox Church. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon each of the gathered persons, the faithful followers of our Lord, and they, thus, formed the first Church.

On that first day of Pentecost, those gathered were scared, not sure of what would happen. Yet upon the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them they were empowered to Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Lest we think this Day of Pentecost was a one-time event, it comes to us, each and every service, each and every Divine Liturgy, each and every time we gather as a body of faithful. It is there for us and we can experience its power and strength in our life dramatically.  The Holy Spirit is around us, in us, works through us, and yet, many of us do not recognize it. Once we do though, once we acknowledge the Holy Spirit is active in our life, we experience the same empowerment as did the first heralds of the Gospel.

May we feel in the gentle breezes of summer, the mighty rush of spiritual feeling and let that feeling flow out from us to all we meet and touch.









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