New Awakenings - They were speaking in tongues

Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.

There is so much to say about our mission Saturday. The day was best with sunshine, laughter, tears, music, flame, love, artwork, fun, prayer, language, amazement, wonder, bread, wine, body, blood, Father, Son and Spirit.

During the day at Yate we held a family day, multiple streams allowed every age to study, play and prayer together. We opened ourselves to the Lord, prayer for the gifts of the Spirit and even talked about evangelisation.

The evening held two treats for us, first the mission Pentecost Mass and then the Taize Prayer Vigil. Fr Frank said after the Mass, "We heard them speaking in tounges, if that doesn't show the meaning of Pentecost nothing will." He was talking about the readings and prayers which were read in many languages, every language of the parishes. Christ gave us a mission at Pentecost, we as his Chruch, have been sent into the world, to proclaime His message. The use of many languages demonstrates our gifts and abilities to carry out that mission.

We are going to need strength and courage, patience and fortitude, compassion and love, knowledge and wisdom, God our Father and God our Brother have sent us God the Spirit to help us, to give us these gifts. We just need to ask and they will be given, then we need to step outside our comfort zone and use them, trust the Spirit to provide what we need when we need it.

I love the feast of Pentecost, to me it's second only to Easter. It's about mission, it's about going out, it's about be sent into a broken world. And that's our New Awakenings mission, to challenge us, to prepare us, to send us.

I don't know about you but I feel empowered, bubbling over with the Spirit, ready to proclaim a message of love and salvation to a world that greatly needs it.

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