The Spirit is upon us

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on May 31, 2020

so they gathered in that Upper Room, the same room where they had celebrated the Last Supper, the First Supper of the New Age.  They barred the door for fear of the Jews.  And they waited.  And on Pentecost Sunday they received.  The Spirit was there.  He came upon each of them.  The signs of the Spirit’s presence were the wind inside a closed room, and the fire, tongues of fire over each of them.  And then they became the Church.

The Church.  We use that term Church in many different ways.  We wake up late and tell ourselves we need to hurry or we will be late for church.

We drive by the Presbyterian Church, or the Methodist Church hand drive into the parking lot of our own Church. We use the term Church is many ways, referring to a denomination, a building. The deepest meaning of the word Church, is the People of God formed by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. On Pentecost Sunday, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we, the disciples of Jesus Christ, became Church, Church is who we are. We are the Church.

 We are transformed into a Living Body, the Body of Christ, just as the first disciples on Pentecost Sunday were transformed by the Holy Spirit into Church. Like those disciples, who once they received the Spirit, became apostles, we have to leave the Upper Room, And bring who we are, Church, to the world. 

And we do this, by preaching with our lives, and, as St. Francis of Assisi said, if necessary with our words. We proclaim the eternal life offered for all who are willing to confess Jesus and accept His Gospel, live His Life.

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