Lord, send forth your spirit
and renew the face of the earth!
[See Psalm 104:30]
These words have been central to the Church’s celebrations of Pentecost for centuries. God’s faithful cry out
that the Holy Spirit will renew everything on “the face of the earth” – all people in the gift of Salvation; the Church
in her mission to proclaim Jesus as Lord; each of us so that we may live in fidelity to the promises of our Baptism.
On this Pentecost Sunday, the Church celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as well as acknowledges
that the Spirit of God is given so that the victory of Christ will empower our ministries – our service – to all,
especially the poor and the marginalized. Pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit that all who are baptized will
proclaim, in word and deed, the Life that renews us, the Life that sets us free – the life of the God’s own Spirit!