Peter’s speech to the crowds is still inspiring today. After receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday he. with the other 11 apostles. comes out of the upper room and, with challenging but truthful words, proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is the birthday of the Church. God’s promise for salvation and forgiveness of sins has been fulfilled and now the message must be spread throughout the world. His ending words are particularly challenging: “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Is there a time in the history of mankind, after the Fall, when these words are not true? The presence of evil in the world, spawned and encouraged by the demonic prince of the world is always with us. Satan’s jealousy for us and what God has prepared for us is beyond our imagination and he will stop at nothing to deter us from it.
It’s interesting in this time of quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic that one of the things many persons are discovering, or should I say rediscovering, is the beauty of slowing down. In our quest toward greatness, in our constant concern for storing up treasure, and in our daily work achievements – which fizzle at day’s end with the setting sun – we have managed to fill our time with so much activity that we have forgotten how to press pause and take a breath. Vacations, as we used to know them, are no longer available to our working population because cell phones and computers keep them forever connected to the job they are trying to “vacate” for a time to enjoy family.
Jesus told us that “the Saabath was made for man.” In the rhythm of life, God ordained one day out of seven as a day of rest. It is also a day to focus on Him. Even though we cannot congregate in churches, we can use our technology to pray the Holy Mass. We can press pause on our life of work and rise above the corruption that tries to drag us down.