We all have times in our lives when we feel we are wandering through a desert, when we feel we are in a deserted place even when surrounded by people. At those times, more than ever, we need the strength and encouragement the Lord offers us in his life-giving word and in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. The Lord who compassionately cared for the crowd of thousands is ready to care for us. When Jesus is in our lives, none of us is ever completely alone in a deserted place.
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No one wants to be utterly alone, in solitary aloneness, not even God! The One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three Divine Persons in an eternal community of love.
Because of the Annunciation, Christ the Savior was born. Because of Pentecost, the Church was born. While we might not readily associate “annunciation” with “Pentecost,” there is a connection. Recognizing that association will help us to better appreciate what we celebrate this Sunday and better appreciate the importance of our responding to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Jesus wants us to be united. He wants us to be a harmonious family of faith bound together by our common relationship with him and the Father. As he prays, “May all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.”
Christians are always learning, they never reach the point of knowing all there is to know about being a follower of Christ.
We live in a world just like the one described in the two Gospel readings we hear this Sunday.
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