May 23, 2021
Inspired by the Spirit
Our scriptures today articulate for us the movement of the Spirit in a vast way. The Holy Spirit moves both in our community and in each of us personally. Jesus lived in a relatively small area but with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost he sent his disciples to the ends of the earth. Notice how the same Spirit urged the disciples to explore within themselves the truth about Jesus.
The Holy Spirit reaches depths in us that we cannot reach ourselves, depths that we may not know were there. We “have the first fruits of the Spirit,” yet we await the final transformation of the world, which continues to endure suffering, violence, and death. We acknowledge all that God’s Spirit is doing - sustaining, guiding, empowering, comforting and liberating - even as we call on the Spirit to complete the work of salvation.
God’s creation is not finished. We strive to participate in the Spirit’s life-giving work, but often tremble. God’s presence, God’s power can overwhelm us. As we complete Easter Time, we listen to stories about the brave and faith filled activities of the Apostles. May we join them in this time and place as we carry forward the ministry of Jesus. May we always welcome God’s presence in our lives.
We congratulate the 8th grade students of Our Lady of Lourdes School who will graduate on May 26th. Please keep them in your prayers as they move on to high school.
Finally, please note that the Bishops of Ohio have acted to restore the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days effective the weekend of June 5th/6th. The mask mandate for church services will change as local health authorities authorize a change. Currently, the mandate is set to be lifted on June 2nd. Most areas of the church will be open to full seating. Some areas of the church will continue to have pews roped off for those who wish to sustain social distancing between households. There is further information in this bulletin or on our parish website.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len