This Sunday is the great celebration of Pentecost and a day which is given us, not only to celebrate the first Pentecost and the birth of the Church nearly two thousand years ago, but also a day the Father uses to give us new gifts in order to equip us for our mission to ‘proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the Earth, baptising in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’
Perhaps the proclamation of the Good News to the ends of the earth has never been easier with the technology that is now available to us. Indeed, during this lockdown period, it has been a beautiful thing to have seen the Church embracing ways of communicating to others which perhaps hadn’t been tried before. It seems that the old adage that the Church does better under difficult circumstance has been shown to be true. I suspect that part of what makes this so is, as Saint Paul puts it, ‘…where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.’
As we celebrate this feast it is worth giving thanks for all that the Lord is doing in our lives, both in things seen and in things hidden and for all the graces that He has given us over this Easter season. We return into ‘ordinary’ time this coming week and continue on our journey of listening to the extraordinary things Lord is saying to us in the ordinary circumstances of our life. His message and proclamation of the coming of the Kingdom of God ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ is one that is continually growing and bearing fruit in the lives of His children. It is extraordinarily beautiful to partake in this work of ushering in the Kingdom; of giving our ‘yes’ to the Lord and allowing Him to use us in the work that He is doing. The more Jesus’ followers give their ‘yes’ to the Lord, the more this reality manifests itself on earth.
I have been under the weather for the last fortnight – hence not much in the way of updates – but I now seem to be on the mend. Thank you for those who offered prayers for my recovery. Just in time for this great feast – Deo gratias!