Dear friends and partners in the Gospel,
The month of May this year holds two holy festivals — the Day of Christ’s Ascension on Thursday, May 10, and the Day of Pentecost, on Sunday, May 20. This is also the month when we celebrate the secular holiday of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, as a time when we affirm the sacred covenants of family within our community of faith.
Ascension Day is the culmination of the Easter Season, though it often passes by without our notice, because its place in the Christian calendar is on a Thursday instead of a Sunday. It is the day when we celebrate our conviction that the love that we’ve known in Jesus reigns supreme in the Realm of God. That means that, whatever winds may buffet us, for good or for ill, throughout this life, we move ahead in confidence that the truth of God’s love ultimately prevails.
The Festival of Pentecost comes on the 50th day after Easter, and begins the Church’s Season of the Spirit. It is customary for us to wear something red to worship that Sunday, to symbolize the fire of inspiration that powers the life and mission of those who follow Christ. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” So says Paul the Apostle in his letter to the Church in Galatia (Galatians 5:22). May these be qualities that are discernible in us, though imperfectly to be sure, as we seek the Spirit of Christ to guide the way we work and live.
Allen M. Fluent