Reflections from the Rector - June 2019
This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit showed up in fire and in word. Pentecost always begs me to wonder how the Holy Spirit is showing up to me, and most importantly, it makes me wonder if I am listening.
The Holy Spirit reveals to us the way in which we are called to go; the voice of the Spirit is the voice that calls us into our many callings. On Pentecost, the Spirit speaks quite loudly and dramatically, and as I reflect on the story I always wish the Holy Spirit would speak to me just as loudly! The Holy Spirit is much more of a whispering flame in my life, and it calls me, day by day, to be still and listen to those whispers. But, at times, I hear that dramatic and distinct voice, and by the grace of God I'm able to know who is speaking.
During the summer, we will inevitably find ourselves sweaty, the sun like tongues of fire on our skin, as we look for relief. The Holy Spirit is both the tongues of fire and the waters of baptism. The Holy Spirit fires us up with passion, but it also brings us that relief, the blessed assurance, of Jesus's presence in our lives, especially when we feel most alone.
During this summer, as the growing season becomes the season of heat, I pray the Holy Spirit will speak loudly and dramatically in your life. And I pray even more than that, that you will listen. None of us can find a better calling on our own than the calling we are receiving from the Holy Spirit. We cannot create for ourselves a reality any better than the reality God is unfolding for us. The world would be richer, more passionate, were we to listen to the flames that dance in our hearts and on our tongues, for they would call us not to where we want to go, but to where we are supposed to be.
I will pray for you that the Holy Spirit is set upon your life, that you feel the Spirit's presence, that you listen, and that you follow in the way the Spirit would have you to go.
With love and gratitude,