There was a young traveler exploring the French Alps. He came across a large stretch of empty land. What surprised him was that in the middle of this wasteland was a bent-over old man. On his back was a sack of acorns.
The man was planting the acorns in the ground. Later the old man told the traveler, "I've planted over 100,000 acorns. Perhaps only a tenth of them will grow." The old man's wife had died and this was how he spent his final years. "I want to do something useful," he said.
Twenty-five years later the traveler returned to the same desolate spot. He couldn't believe what he saw. The land was covered with a beautiful forest two miles wide and five miles long. The traveler recalled the desolate area that was once there and looked at the beautiful area that was there now - all because someone cared.
Today we celebrate Pentecost. We are all called to do our part to spread God's Kingdom on earth. You and I can't change the whole world but we can change part of it, just like the old man did. We received our sack of acorns in the sacrament of Confirmation. Now it's up to us to do something with them.
Sincerely in Christ,