When we share our time, talent, and treasure through stewardship, it’s like giving others many different kinds of gifts. They can be gifts of love, effort, and life, and gifts of life are the focus for this week.
For example, we can help out at food banks, as many of our St. Brendan School students have done, or donate food to them, or at other collection locations. We can donate our time by picking up litter from sidewalks, in front of our homes or our neighbors’, whether on our own streets, in a park, or at the beach. We can forego enjoying a cozy fire in our fireplaces on “Spare the Air” days, or, when thinking about looking for a new car, consider a vehicle that is fuel-efficient or uses cleaner fuels. We can also donate our time to mentor, tutor, befriend, or assist someone in need.
The recent St. Brendan Blood Mobile on Sunday, May 12, is another wonderful, successful, concrete example of a gift of life because giving blood saves lives. Our fellow parishioners, the O’Leary Family, organized the blood drive, and family members donated, along with many others.
Today is Pentecost, a day filled with gifts. The apostles not only received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also became confident and unafraid to preach the Good News to everyone staying Jerusalem at that time. When Jesus first appeared to the apostles after his resurrection, he told them to receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). Jesus also promised that the Father would send this Advocate, who would “teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (John 14:26). That occurred on Pentecost, considered to be the birthday of the church.
Let us rejoice then for the Holy Spirit and his gifts that we celebrate today, and use them abundantly in sharing our gifts of life with others.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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