May 17, 2021
“The Lord be with you”
Old anwer : “And also with you.
“New answer : “And with your spirit.”
This part of the Catholic liturgy, that is said every time that the Mass is performed. It was changed in 2008, and it was a big deal. Saying the same thing over and over is important. It is as important as the Poole church saying the Lord’s prayer every Sunday. Liturgy offers stability to our faith. There are no surprises, and we know who God is in the life of us in the church.
For this week’s blog I will reflect on the SPIRIT. On Sunday we will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit coming in a new way to the world. Jesus has left to return to heaven, and during the Last Supper, he had told the disciples that he would never leave them alone. He would send them an advocate.
” Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. ” Acts 2:2
Mennonites are second person of the Trinity kind of people. We say, ‘ What would Jesus do ?’ We have Jesus’ life recorded in four different ways. We use these books for our guide. The Spirit on the other hand is too quirky. It seems to blow where it wants. Two different people can experience the Spirit in two very different ways . What do we do then ? We cannot hold onto the Spirit either. We can debate Jesus, but not the Spirit ? Who has ever seen the Spirit ?
I pray that God sends the Spirit upon our congregation. I pray that the Spirit will attend each of our services. I have faith that this happens, but I have never seen the winds of the Spirit. I have never held the Spirit in my hand, but I have faith. The Spirit is going to change us. Are we ready for it ? It is coming.
Grace and peace,
Soaring like Vultures
lifted up by unseen Hands
Trust, silent enters my fears Monica Pieper Landoni 2021