There is an interesting commercial that has been aired recently which shows two baby grand pianos on a stage opposite each other and a gentleman seated upon one bench between them. On one of the instruments his hands hit the keys and beautiful complex yet pleasing melodies are released. He then turns to the opposite instrument and again his skillful hands glide over the ivory but in this case the grand piano emits only the pitch of only one note. The viewers can’t help but witness the intense skill and beautiful finger movement of the artist but the product is just a single note hum. Turning again the artist returns to the original instrument and the place if filled again with a symphony of praise. Within one instrument all the strings are tuned the same. Within the opposite instrument all the strings are tuned to their own unique pitch. In the same way the Spirit of God moves within the Church. All the members of our Church have unique roles to play in building up the Body of Christ. We shouldn’t be dismayed that we are not like all the others but rejoice that we can celebrate a unity through our diversity. St. Paul teaches us “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” 1 Cor. 12:7. That “benefit” is the way our church is enriched by the welcome and celebration of our multiple gifts. At our Baptism we are given many gifts of God’s Spirit. Let us work to identify them and willing share them with each other. Let us not grow envious of one another’s gifts but lift each other up and welcome each other’s gifts so that God may be glorified. Come Holy Spirit and embrace us with the warmth of God’s love revealing to us our unique gifts and talents given to build up the Body of Christ in our Church family.
OUR SISTER COMMUNITES of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence will be joining today, Pentecost Sunday, May 15th in the afternoon at 2:00PM, at Nativity of the BVM, 8500 Main Street in Clarence for a joint concert program being organized by Fr. Daniel. Over the past year a few of our parishioners have made an effort to visit and get to know our sister parishes. We rejoice in our common Catholic Faith and in the diversity of its expression within all of us who are truly the “Body of Christ” here in Western New York. Come and have a good time in the Lord.