A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you, as we enter a new Season together. Pentecost comes again, and with it a renewed emphasis on the reality that we have been given power to live, ever more completely, into that fullness of life that Easter taught us about. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are now able to participate more fully in the life of God, and grow in the beauty of holiness.

The Church has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. That reality defines our life together. The greatest teachers of the Christian faith remind us that the main work of being a Christian is to make that reality more conspicuously real in our lives. It is the work of becoming who we are. It means living Godward, with the “perpetual forward motion” of long-distance runners. It means knowing that all that we truly are, and should be, lies ahead of us, outside our grasp; and so we move through our days leaning forward, Godward.

Certainly, that progress has much to do with our inner life, but our operative spirituality is not, therefore, something that is mainly internally focused. The glory of God can never be truly visible to us, apart from our willingness to receive its light from without. To refuse the glory that appears in creation, and especially in other people, is to refuse the Spirit. Encounter with the other is an occasion for knowing and serving God. Meeting the other—our neighbors—where they are, and learning to listen deeply to them is holy work. Seeking and serving Christ in all persons is an essential task of Pentecost, as we partner with God to do God’s mission in the world.

May you be greatly blessed, and may we all more truly be such a Church, this Season of Pentecost.

Yours in the power of the Spirit,

+Barry

 

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