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Friday, May 18, 2012
THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD. 20th May 2012
Call Me Old-fashioned…

Well, I suppose some of you do, but actually I’m just being obedient. However, with that in mind, I do regret to some degree the moving of the feast of the Ascension to a Sunday. The reason for my sadness is that the time now between the Ascension and Pentecost doesn’t leave enough days for the traditional novena leading up to the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

For us, there are no surprises – Easter Sunday, forty days later the Ascension, and then Pentecost, and that’s the end of the Easter season. For the apostles, it was an emotional rollercoaster. First their Saviour was killed while they hid for fear of suffering the same fate. After there days He came back to life and lived among them and they began to appear in public. At the Ascension, despite having been told by Christ that He was returning to His Father, they felt a deep sense of loss once more and hid in the Upper Room. It was only with the coming of the Holy Spirit that they emerged to preach the Gospel with power.

In the coming week we would do well to put aside our expectations of the liturgical calendar. While we know how things work out, consider how much more effective our preaching of the Gospel might be if we make a genuine effort to pray for the coming of the Advocate who will teach us everything. Let us each take some time in the coming week to enter that place with the apostles and Mary who were one in persevering in prayer as they awaited the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us acknowledge our fear of living and preaching the truth to those around us and accept that we need the grace of that Holy Spirit to be truly effective disciples. Fr Kevin


Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O God,
who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gift of the same Spirit
we may be always truly wise
and ever rejoice in His consolation.
Amen.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:09 am