Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Day Full of Meaning

So, what a day. We observe Pentecost, 50 days since Easter. However, far more important than the number of days, it is the birthday of the Church. It is the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and Mary. Afterwards the disciples were able to preach with conviction. They spoke in the tongues of the empire. If Antioch is where they were first called “Christians” then this is where the Christians first became a church.

It is also Mothers Day. Mothers Day was a “created” by Julia Ward Howe. It became a day to unite mothers against war. We could use Mothers Day this year. Not to sell pretty cards and flowers and make breakfast in bed. We need mothers to kick our butts and tell us war is not the answer.

It is also the end of one week of praying for peace and marking the 25th anniversary of the Peace Pastoral of the U.S. Conference of Bishops which spoke out against the Cold War.

So all and all, what a day. A day that is a call to action, action for peace. Try to find a continent or community that is not struggling with violence. Alone we can do very little but we are not alone. That is the promise of today.

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