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JUNE 4, 2017: The Solemnity of Pentecost
Pentecost is more than celebrating the "birthday" of the Church -- it celebrates our "birth" into risen life ("He breathed on them'; cf Genesis 2:7), and being sent to forgive others. We can speak of a "birthday" of the Church (the Church being the Body of Christ) only when we make the Church a reality, through forgiveness of one another. Then EVERY day is a "birthday" -- a birthing of the risen life of Christ in each other.
Forgiveness is sometimes the most difficult thing we do; so many simple acts in our everyday living demand that we seek and give forgiveness. This is why Jesus sent the Spirit: to empower us, through our common risen life we share, to forgive, to heal divisions in our community, to be peacemakers. We overcome our fears and unlock the doors of our closed relationships when we reach out to others in forgiveness.