Jun 2, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
For 6 weeks we have been celebrating Easter. The alleluias have been sung, shouted, whispered and proclaimed. We have heard the stories of Jesus' impact on the disciples. Their wonder, not believing, frightened and accepting. Yet in all of that not totally understanding.
Now we come to His final days leading up to the Ascension and Pentecost. His message 'tell the whole world the Good News and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit'. You would think that they would head out and start to do so. But what do they do?
They go back home. They go fishing and, lastly, lock themselves in a room, afraid that they would be crucified next. Something is missing. Jesus promised: 'I will send you the Holy Spirit and He will teach you all things'.
Pentecost, the power of the Holy Spirit. They are changed. They unlock the doors and walk outside. Peter leads the way. They proclaim the Good News and 5,000 are baptized. They leave Jerusalem and go out to the whole world. We stand in awe at what has happened since then.
We are challenged to be the Apostles after Pentecost. We are challenged to call on the Holy Spirit. He will change us, we will become the Good News people.
We are like the little boy who was asked to give his blood for his sister. After he woke from the anesthesia, he asked 'am I in heaven'. He thought that he would die but was willing to do it for his sister. Are we ready to die for our brothers and sisters, die to our own selfishness, our own demands, our own wishes and do we love one another as Jesus did?
Come, Holy Sprit, come Holy Spirit, come Holy Spirit.