Making Lemonade with Spirit
In last week’s reflection, I mentioned my sister who had lost her business due to this pandemic. But she is plucky, she has spirit. She also has no dependents and no mortgage which makes it somewhat easier to make the changes she has dreamed about for the past ten years. Most of us don’t have her chirpy spirit and many of you have real concerns about the future. We don’t know how this present situation is going to pan out and personally I think it is going to take longer than we would like.
At this time in the Church’s year, we are between the Feast of Ascension and Pentecost. Last Sunday we celebrated the departure of Jesus from his disciples, next Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit who radically transformed that group of frightened, confused people. They had put all their hope in Jesus and he left them, just up and left. So, there they were, huddled in Jerusalem, with Mary the mother of Jesus, and they prayed. Their life had changed, they felt threatened, they were confused, they had lost control. And in that weakness, they prayed.
The important thing about prayer is that just by doing it we open ourselves to positive change. We shake off our reluctance to change and crack open our shell of self-sufficiency. We admit we need help. We also start to dream of the change we would like to make in our lives. And that is even before we start addressing God with those fears and hopes. God’s Spirit wants to come into our lives and make as just a radical change as he did to those huddled disciples. We, most likely, will not be called to preach in the public square but we can live with hope: hope that change can come in this frightened, difficult situation, hope that makes us a force for good in our family and amongst our friends and neighbours, hope that teaches our children to look and work for the positive when things feel very negative. Yes, we can be people of Spirit that are the change we want to see.
Loving God, we join with Mary, the mother of Jesus, in our prayers for our families, and communities and our world. In the midst of change, give us your Spirit that we may have hope and offer it to others. We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.