Dear sisters and brothers
Today [Thursday, 26th May] the Church celebrates the Ascension, the day when Jesus returned to his Heavenly Father, leaving us with the promise that we would not be abandoned, that we would receive the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will strengthen us in our work ahead.
The Apostles were told to remain in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, waiting in prayer for the gift of God.
We too now begin our time of waiting in prayer for the Holy Spirit, praying for the Holy Spirit to fill our life and work.
During this time we pray to deepen our relationship with Jesus, we pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in the lives of our friends and families, and we seek to realise that all of life is included in prayer.
But above all we pray for the Holy Spirit to descend anew upon the Church, to renew us in our faith and mission, to renew the communities and relationships in which we exist and find meaning.
For us all to be a people filled with the Holy Spirit, active in love and service to God and to others.
Take a moment to consider how we can deepen our relationship with Jesus.
Consider who we can pray over the next ten days to receive the Holy Spirit.
Consider how we can turn our lives into an act of prayer and devotion to God.
Consider these things.
And pray earnestly for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
With all blessings,