"And they knew Him in the breaking of the Bread" "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again" Liturgy of the Mass
Luke 24 : 35
The season of Easter 2010 comes to a close tomorrow, Pentecost Sunday. But then Easter never comes to an end. For we are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song! From the Resurrection of Christ the Church came forth. The Church is the People of God. God has fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament made to Abraham, Moses and all the prophets. God has fulfilled them in Christ. This is our faith. So, let us rejoice in the Lord and be happy and fill the earth with the joyful sound of our Alleluias of praise and thanksgiving.
It is in the Resurrection of Christ that we will find the help and the strength to cope with the failings of some of our Church leaders. These are troubled times for the people of God who feel let down and disillusioned by all the scandals. However, Christ is our Good Shepherd. He is never happy till all the lost sheep are safely home and all of us are transformed into the likeness of Christ.
Resurrection leads to Eucharist where sinners and saints meet around God”s table. Here, hunger and thirst are no more. No one is ever turned away from God”s table. Perhaps the problems besetting our Church today come from our failure to celebrate the Eucharist as Christ did.
Vigil of Pentecost : This past week has been a week of prayer in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We have been in the upper room with Mary and praying with her and the Apostles for a renewal tomorrow Pentecost Sunday of that first out pouring of the Spirit. So we pray : Almighty God, our Father, open our minds and hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. With sad but hope filled hearts, we implore youto guide and renew our Church in these difficult times. Raise up new leaders, imbued with the spirit of the Gospel, who will re-invigorate our Irish Church. And may the faith of St. Patrick continue to burn brightly in the hearts of our people. This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.