Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Pentecost

Come Holy Ghost,
Fill the hearts of your faithful.
Kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created:
(R) And they shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Spirit,
Grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be truly wise,
And ever rejoice in his consolation.
Amen.

Do you recite this prayer before you read the Bible?

The Bear marked the occasion by wearing his red bow tie to Mass, where he joined his mate, his son, and his girlfriend. (To be clear, that's his son's girlfriend. We don't live in Germany.) There was a baptism, so we were all expected to extend both hands in blessing, a bit of wrong-headed pantomime in which the Bear refuses to participate. He did wave one paw limply in the general direction. The homily was brief: something about talking with a Jew and Pentecost being a Jewish holiday. Not a very popular one, the Bear believes.

Speaking of Jews, Pope Francis likes to pretend that they're good to go, and there is no longer any reason for them to accept Jesus Christ as Messiah. That can't be right, can it? Of course it does tick another box on the Most Popular Man In the World checklist. Loves Jews. Loves Homosexuals. Loves planet Earth.

Amazing how each person in today's Gospel -- and there were people from all over the Roman Empire -- heard the Gospel in their own language. Does this mean anything today? Isn't Pentecost the kick-off to the Church's mission of world-wide evangelization? And the Bear means Old Evangelization, not sitting-on-your-butt and issuing news releases about New Evangelizing yourself. Isn't the role of evangelist the sine qua non of the Church Militant?

You know, it's not anymore. People might get offended. 

The Bear's son said today that people confuse being nice with being good. That's about right. Be naughty this week. Good and naughty. Tell them a talking Bear said it was okay. 

The Bear's working on something quite naughty, but he doesn't really want to labor today. It might be a couple of days, before showing up here.

Bear Danger Awareness Month might have to be extended.


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