by Msgr. Eric R. Barr, STL
READINGS: ACTS 2:1-11; I CORINTHIANS 12:3-7,12-13; JOHN 20:19-23
A. It’s all about power and intimacy. It’s all about a faith that matters. It’s all about God in the every day, in every moment of our lives. So if you like your religion vague and irrelevant, if you like your faith private and feel that it cannot impact anything in the public square, if you feel that God is a concept and not personal, then tune me out, turn me off, and turn away.
B. Because Pentecost is about a religion that’s alive. It’s about a Church that has the blood of God coursing through it. It’s about a faith that calls all its members parts of the Body of Christ. And that has consequences in our lives.
C. And that brings me to another thing. Our faith is not private. It is lived amidst our parishioners. Catholicism does not believe that a personal relationship with Christ is enough, because Jesus did not believe it was enough. If he did, there would have been no Pentecost. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, all of us experiencing God through Sacraments, all of us working to spread the news of Jesus to the world.