Thought for the Week from Fr Alex – PENTECOST
Sunday’s Entrance Antiphon:
The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world
and that which contains all things
understands what is said, alleluia.
The Spirit is God’s active, life-giving presence in all things at all times and in all places. The Spirit hovered over the waters of chaos at the beginning of creation. The Spirit overshadowed Mary at the beginning of the new creation in Jesus and that same Spirit fills the Church and fills each one of us as, through baptism, we become members of the Spirit-filled body.
All the sacraments are the work of the Spirit. All our praying is the work of the Spirit within and among us. And, as the Spirit was present to the whole creation at its beginning, so the Spirit is present still at the heart of all things and moving in the heart of our human history in all its light and darkness, offering always the promise of life and goodness.
We are immersed in the life of the Spirit and, as the Spirit fills the Church in its witness and service, so too the Church is called to look and listen for the signs of the Spirit far beyond its bounds – signs of life to be recognised, celebrated and nurtured – but also attending to the challenge of repentance and renewal in our own life in the Church. This is where our confidence in proclaiming the Gospel must be twinned with the humility to listen to and learn from the voice of the Spirit far beyond the bounds of the Church.
And remember, especially in these days when we are deprived of public worship, that the Spirit is there, at the heart of your being, always accessible, never absent, and, going into that place, you can continue to worship with the whole Church and the whole company of heaven.
And so, on this wonderful feast, the great climax of the Easter season and the birthday of the Church, we pray together:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
- Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
- And you will renew the face of the earth.