In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In Sunday’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.
Likewise, the class of 2023 was made one in baptism, which they affirmed at their Confirmation 4 years ago. Now they are being sent to live their faith in the world as they graduate from high school. As we gather to bless and send them at this milestone moment on Sunday, we ask that the Spirit would inspire them to use their gifts in Jesus’ name, and we wrap them in blankets woven with our prayers and God’s triumphant love for them. We pray for the Spirit to come and transform them, us, and the whole church for the sake of the world.