One time, while setting out from my residence at St. Lawrence and driving to Nativity Parish, I began to daydream and think about an assortment of things. Before I knew it, I found my car pulling into a parking space at the Harris Hill Nursing Home. This particular route had been a routine of mine for twelve years while my mom was alive and a resident there. It became a default destination in my routine. Routines and habitual procedures often times give us a degree of peace. We know what will happen, how it will happen, and when it will happen. When change occurs in our routine, we naturally find it a bit troublesome and have to be a bit more attentive to what we are doing. At the end of Jesus’ ministry, He was preparing his disciples for that time when He will no longer be with them physically. “I am going away” He proclaimed to His disciples. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” John 14:25-26. Learning how to attend to the Holy Spirit’s promptings may be difficult for most of us who find security in routines as did the early believers as well. The question of Jews accepting Jesus as the Messiah seemed logical. The fact that the Spirit of Jesus was shared with Gentiles who were not the “Chosen People” provided a unique and uncomfortable challenge to the early Church. Many of these concerns were aired at the Council of Jerusalem that have been recorded by St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 15. Over and over the young Church had to deal with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Even today, Pope Francis challenges all of us by his simple yet profound witness to Gospel truth. We too need to attend to the Spirit’s promptings as we continue to remain faithful to the Gospel, our Church’s Tradition of Faith, and our Parish’s lived experience of the Gospel in our everyday life. We take comfort and fine our security in the words of Jesus, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” John 14:23.
THE NEW BEGINNING CHORAL ENSEMBLE, under the direction of founder, Mrs. Ella Robinson, welcomes you to their live CD recording session on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 6:00PM at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY. Tickets are $12 at the door. “New Beginnings” is an eclectic group made up of many talented Gospel singers from around the city. St. Martin de Porres is pleased to be their rehearsal home. They take their gifts of Praise and Worship in concert around the whole of Western NY and have been featured guests with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Come prepared to clap, sing and shout.