In the early Nineteenth Century, the Church collection was taken up in a bag at the end of a pole with a bell attached to arouse sleepy contributors. Jesus comes to us on this day of Pentecost ringing a bell to arouse His sleepy followers. The bell is sounding His message of peace and His command for us to pursue it: “Peace be with you … Peace be with you … As the Father has sent Me, so I send you” (Jn. 20:19, 20-21).
Some of us are spending our entire lives in the waiting room. We always seem to be using the present moment as a waiting period, putting our life on “hold,” so to speak. It is as though we’re constantly preparing for the “real thing” which never comes. In terms of our Christian discipleship many of us are using the Church as our waiting room. But Jesus is not saying to us, “When you do this or when you get finished…
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