Eucharist – Pentecost Sun 31st May
Online Eucharist Sunday 9.45am with Father Phillip
Today is Pentecost – the last day and the climax of Easter. It’s a day full of blessings and is rich in Grace. Our picture shows the disciples in the Lord’s embrace but also about to be filled with heavenly light for the work of Christ in the world outside. That’s us too – in Christ’s embrace – always and everywhere – as we go about HIS work in the world… the work of service and blessing and feeding and loving and all those other amazing things we’re commanded by Jesus to do.
To help us in this, here are some words first shared by a famous Belgian archbishop over a hundred years ago: he once said to his people -I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to all the noises of the world in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit) speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:
O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely, and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, giving you the strength to carry it and you will arrive at the Gate of Paradise, laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.
Perhaps this exercise will help us all at this time to grow in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit as we continue to do amazing things at this challenging time. Let’s do it – we might even amaze ourselves!
Grace, mercy and peace be with us all in this coming week,