Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The Apostles were locked away in a room for fear. The Holy Spirit descends on them in a dramatic way and empowers them to go from that locked room to go outside and bear witness to the Good News. Sometimes fear and prevent us from bearing witness to the Good News in our own community. Let us invite the Holy Spirit anew in our lives so that we too may be empowered to bear witness. May our own Parish be a beacon for those who need to hear Good News.