Christ is Risen!
As we say good-bye to the frantic month of May; that saw us in Holy week, at the Resurrection, with our bishop, and at the midway point of this period of feasting, we now look forward to the Ascension of our Lord, and his holy Pentecost.
Our scripture reading, hymns and services will start to reflect the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Whether it be at the well with the Samaritan women, or with the blind man washing at the pool of Siloam, or with the Fathers of the first Ecumenical council, we are asked to consider the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Are they for our material well being- or for the “fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”. (Jn. 4:14)?
Are they for the physical sight and health, or for the sight and life of our Lord and redeemer (Jn. 9:35-38)?
Are they for our own satisfaction and happiness, or are they for “Joy” of the Lord who prays and saves us (Jn. 17:13)?
We are given this season to orient ourselves with the Church as it prepares for Pentecost, and by it become truly people of the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and of the Spirit.
May the Lord bless this continuing journey.