Pentecost, Visitation, Bidwill …
by Andrew Lewis
Today is Pentecost Sunday.
It’s a day where the Christian Church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit which united and empowered the Church to love like Jesus, to reach out with Grace and extend compassion to all created in the image of God.
Today is not only Pentecost Sunday.
It is also May 31st where the Catholic Church in particular celebrate the Feast of the Visitation.
Now the Feast of the Visitation is when the Church commemorates when Elizabeth (being pregnant with John the Baptist) is visited by Mary who was pregnant with Jesus Christ; when they meet John jumps for joy in his Mother’s womb at the coming of Jesus.
Today is also the day that news broke of a murder-suicide at Bidwill, in Sydney’s West, between a young man and his girlfriend. Taking her life and then taking his own life, destroying not only this beautiful 22 year olds life but forever changing the futures of two different families.
Why are these three things, Pentecost, Visitation and Bidwill important today?
The Feast of the Visitation reminds me that life is sacred, beautiful and precious; from life in the womb to a young 22 year old woman to the elderly forgotten in our nursing homes; ALL LIFE is sacred, beautiful and precious.
When I think about the importance of Mary visiting Elizabeth, celebrating the visitation, it helps me to recenter the importance of woman, the important role that they play in my faith and following Jesus. TODAY IS A DAY WE SHOULD HONOUR ALL WOMEN, past and present, honour their lives and step in when abuse, control or exploitation are happening.
Pentecost Sunday reminds me that we all need a NEW SPIRIT that helps us, guides us and loves us into a better tomorrow. We should be celebrating that God has given us this NEW SPIRIT and wants us to experience a NEW WAY of living life, one that sees and values all humans as being created in the image of God.
Today I will be celebrating that NEW SPIRIT, I will be celebrating my girls and reminding them that they are important in God’s Narrative and the redemptive process but I will also be taking time to grieve lives that are lost and being lost because we have not valued what God created as good.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
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