With this, the last day of the Easter season, we have the end of John's Gospel. John tells us he is a witness to the things he has written about and that he can vouch that they are true. As we wait on the great Feast of Pentecost, which is seen by many as the birth of the church, perhaps we should ask ourselves are we open to the work of the Spirit in our lives.
This is a lot more difficult to answer than we might at first think.
... It is the thought of letting go absolutely that we fear,
...the thought that we may not be looked after,
...that we may loose all.
Self concern is always with us. How do we move that little bit more and leave ourselves open to God? We can only trust in as much as we are able and let ourselves be brought a little more closer to Jesus every day. It is a slow process, lifetime work...but the journey is complete the moment we begin.
It is one of the paradoxes of the spiritual life, as soon as we make a decision for Jesus we have also completed the journey. This is because Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, fills us exactly where we are, and meets us at the point where we need him most. This meeting, of Jesus and our spirit, fills us to the brim wherever we are at this point. As we grow, Jesus and the Spirit fill us that little bit more. This is what the Spirit does to the apostles on Pentecost and so, for them and the Church, the journey has just begun and is also already complete.
Let us welcome the Spirit as he comes to the world again.
Have a happy and holy Pentecost!