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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)
Thanks to improvements in the weather since Easter, we are treated now to, as Shakespeare said, "The darling buds of May." Indeed, it is a time when, just as the trees and flowers change their colors, so does the Church.
This year, the month begins with Rogation Sunday, still white as it is the Fifth Sunday after Easter. It is a time when we pause in our celebration of the Resurrection to ask the question, "OK, Lord, what do you expect of us going forward?" It is perhaps not the most reverent question, but it is one that, in our humanity, we feel the urge to ask. The answer is not long in coming.
Jesus has almost finished His earthly ministry, so it is time to return to His Father. Before He leaves, however, He tells us what it is that He expects. It is called "The Great Commission", and it is very specific. As His apostles, we are to go into the all the world to preach the Gospel and baptize. In other words, we are to carry out His command that we love one another unconditionally. How else can it be that we would do such a thing as preach to those who might not want to hear us or the message of His love?
Not to be left without comfort at His departing, we gather to wait for what is to happen next. Suddenly, the rush of a mighty wind comes into our room, followed by tongues of fire that are the touch of the eternal. With that authority, we can now for sure preach to all the world, because we have the voices to do it. So, we go forth in red.
In going forth into the world, we are to baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, The Holy Trinity, which we celebrate on the last Sunday of May. . .in white, in preparation for the green of the season.
My brothers and sisters, make no mistake about it, the "darling buds of May" are merely the earthly manifestation at this time of year of the Love of God shared with us through Jesus the Christ. Never stop being on fire with The Holy Spirit and never stop smelling the flowers.
Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith