Saturday, 22 May 2010

Pentecost Sunday

The exams are almost over, but we still have one left on Monday. As such I again ask apologies for the brief post. Last week was a busy week with exams, but also some other projects which needed attention. I realise also that I am a good bit behind in video editing work, and hopefully I get the video of Fr. Fergus Ryan OP his ordination ready in the first or second week of June, followed by the diaconate ordination of Bro. David Barrins OP. Good news is that the Irish province is going to expand our effort to use the internet, through reflections and video, in the coming months. So bear with me for a while until this new project gets under way.

This weekend it is Pentacost, the great feast in which we celebrate the Holy Spirits' decent on the apostles. The Gospel is taken from John 20:19-23, in a way going back to Easter Monday, which I find a nice connection. I think it is a nice line for reflection when it says "Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord" (Joh 20:20 RSV). It seems interesting that the disciples only "saw the Lord" after He shows them his hands and feet. Is there something there? Again does it show something of the fact that the presence of God seems sometimes a bit hidden in our lives even if He is standing in front of us? As Mary Magdalene didn't recognise Jesus initially after the resurrection, and like the time when Jesus was standing on the shore of the lake and they initially did not recognise him?

The other point I am going to make is again the same as last week, as here again it comes up; the theme of repentance and forgiveness. As last week with the Ascension, now again we have the sending of the disciples "as the Father has sent me, even so I send you" (Joh 20:21 RSV) and again the strong link with the Repentance. This again is surely an indicator about its importance: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." (Joh 20:22-23 RSV)

I would like to specifically ask prayers for a friend who is entering the Church today!

3 comments:

Sweetums5 said...

+JMJ

<< does it show something of the fact that the presence of God seems sometimes a bit hidden in our lives even if He is standing in front of us? >>

Wise words! Lord, help me to see with Your Eyes and be in tune with Your Presence everyday.... Thanks for your post! I am praying for your friend.

Happy Pentecost!

Shelley
http://naturalrelaxedhomelearning.blogspot.com/

Em the luddite said...

Thank you for this post, Brother Luuk; it's actually quite comforting to me to remember that God's presence is not dependent on my perception of it.

And thank you for your prayers. I feel like I just got to the climax of a long journey only to realize that what I thought was the climax is actually the beginning. Oremus pro invicem.

Sandy Marshall said...

I found you through Sunday Snippets. Thank you for your lovely thoughts. I have always loved the Dominican Order (we have some friends in Washington DC who live at the House of Studies.) You are obviously carrying on the great tradition of Dominicans!

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