Let all the earth cry out with joy!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

This is the psalm you will hear this weekend at Mass. Amidst all that is going on, our voices rise as we come together to celebrate, both from home and in person, with joy for the promise of eternal life that God offers us.

No plague, no virus, no person, no government, no devil -- nothing, can ever forcibly take that promise or that joy away from us. It is the inheritance of his children and we cry out with joy in knowing that his love knows no bounds and is always available to us.

This weekend, we hear in Acts of the Apostles how this news was spreading through Samaria, the land seen as outcasts and traitors, a people many Jews considered worse than the Gentiles. The Apostles send their best, Peter and John, to them to preach to them and lay hands on them in order that they might receive the Spirit and be counted among His children.  

Every man, woman, and child … every race, group, and people are called to receive this Spirit, are called to what they were destined for from birth -- freedom in the Spirit.  And when we receive it and embrace it, we take it and live it among our friends and enemies alike. Jew or Gentile, Israelite or Samaritan, Latino or Anglo, rich or poor, Tiger or Gamecock; all are called to embrace their one Creator who offers them life through Christ in the Spirit.

As we weather this pandemic together, let those at home and those present among us embrace our inheritance as sons and daughters of God. Let the Spirit reach out through you to all in your sphere of influence and…“Let all the earth cry out with joy!”

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