Tom McKenna on Jack McKenna

jack mckennaGiven the number of people who contacted me about the text of Fr. Tom McKenna’s homily at the Mass of Resurrection for Fr. Jack McKenna I have obtained a copy. He based it on his writing about the invocation of the Holy Spirit.

Calling Down and Transforming

From the conclusion…

When all of us join together with Fr. Mike Carroll, our celebrant, in this Eucharistic prayer, we are “calling down” the life-giving Spirit of God to transform what looks like the end into a whole new beginning.

And also, when we join in the Eucharist, we’re entering into the very meaning of that word: thanks. Thanks to God, in Jesus, for all his life-giving love; thanks to the people who have brought life to the world and to each of us; and for sure thanks for Fr. Jack McKenna who all his life was a “Spirit-carrier”, a bearer of God’s mercy and healing – and of God’s plain old goodness.

So again, this time with deeper appreciation, we all call on the life-giving, transforming Spirit of God.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.