"Come, Holy Spirit, Come!" 

We might find ourselves being drawn to the opening two lines of the Invitatory Psalm: “Come, ring out our joy to the Lord; hail the God who saves us.” In these two lines, I found myself being reminded of how we should celebrate at Pentecost. It is best not simply dwelling on the fact that with Pentecost Sunday we conclude Eastertide – and where has the time gone, but rather celebrate with JOY the fulfilment of the promises of Jesus, and the new beginnings and chapter in life this Day opens up for all people: “If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, …” John 14:15-16.

St Paul, in his letter to his friends in Corinth explains that it is not even possible to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord without the assistance of the Spirit. To put the point positively, it is the active presence of the Spirit that enables us to accept the truth at the heart of Christianity – Jesus is risen, he is with us, he is Lord. Paul goes on to say that the Spirit blesses the Church with a variety of gifts, or charisms. In ordinary speech a charism means an exceptional natural talent, but as used by Paul it means a special gift bestowed by the Holy Spirit. It is a grace given by God for the common good. Such gifts are allotted to the laity just as much as to the ordained. Some are dramatic, such as those of healing or of speaking in tongues; but many are less striking, such as those of teaching, of helping others, of administration. Indeed, every gift we have is a potential charism, something that can be put at the service of all. On this Sunday we might consider our own parish community and ask that the Holy Spirit put the finishing touches to our small efforts, bringing about a miniature Pentecost in our midst and so renewing the face of the earth right here!