Sunday, May 27, 2007

Fr. James's Homily: Pentecost Sunday

Every time we pray together the Profession of Faith we proclaim that “we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life...”.

It is the Lord, the giver of life who “hovered over the water” at the beginning of creation (Genesis 1: 2). It is the Lord, the giver of life who on Easter Sunday filled the Apostles with the power to bring back to life the spiritually dead through the forgiveness of sin (John 20: 22-23). It is the Lord, the giver of life who gave birth to the Church born on Pentecost (Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-13).

However, the greatest act of the giver of life was when the Word was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Again, in the Profession of Faith we proclaim: “ the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man”. This man is the Lord Jesus. He is the Incarnate Word. He is true God and true Man. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Pope John Paul II in his courageous encyclical letter “Evangelium Vitae” affirms that there is a “conspiracy against life”. He wrote that “we are in fact faced with an objective conspiracy against life, involving even international institutions engaged in encouraging and carrying out actual campaigns to make contraception, sterilization and abortion widely available” (Evangelium Vitae, 17.2).

See entire homily here.

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