The persecution in the early Church was the beginning of its missionary activities. The early Church was united in its witness to proclaiming the message that Jesus is risen. It is the challenge of every parish to be united with its priest, who is Jesus’ representative, in working together to bear witness to the Good News. In today’s Gospel Jesus promises the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let us all pray that we be renewed by the Holy Spirit and empowered to go out and spread the Good News.