Brothers and sisters,
Congratulations to our young people who have prepared to be confirmed this weekend and thank you to all who have assisted in their formation and prepared today’s service. “
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed,
” declares St. John in our 2
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
” (I John 3:2). Here is what we long for and taste already. At Confirmation we are strengthened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to prepare us for that great vision.
Those confirmed at Easter Vigil and this weekend are especially encouraged to guard the gift they have received and exercise it in the Christian life, nourished by prayer, especially the Eucharist. This month we remembered the 150
Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. We also remembered 10 years since the passing of St. John Paul II on the eve of Divine Mercy. As we journey through these 50 days of Easter, preparing for celebration of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we are also journeying through the 50
anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, in which the Holy Spirit guided our approach to sharing the Gospel in these times, faithful to what we have received. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy began: “The sacred Council has set out to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more closely to the needs of our age those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call all mankind into the Church’s fold.” We have our challenge before us and the Holy Spirit with us.
May the Lord guide us humbly on the path of His Cross and Resurrection.
In Christ, son of Mary,