As the weeks of the Easter Season continue, we hear more and more in our Gospel reading about God the Holy Spirit. In the Third Eucharistic Prayer, in the second petition following the consecration, the priest prays: “... grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son, and filled with His Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ.” This is where the Easter Season is leading us. It is the heart of the mystery of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit helps us love others even when it is difficult to do so. Everyone around us is an important part of our spiritual life, whether we realise it or not. They all important in our journey on the way to Christ Jesus. Sometimes that way is not easy. Perhaps it requires reconciliation and forgiveness. The Gospel of today focuses on the gift of the Spirit, the Advocate who Jesus sends to us. The Holy Spirit helps us understand what we believe, draws us into the truth of Jesus and comforts us in our affliction.
We rely on the Spirit to help us to continue to grow. In these days leading up to the Solemnity of Pentecost, the feast of the sending of the Holy Spirit upon us, we are reminded to keep asking for this Spirit to be poured out on us and on all the earth. Let us ask the Holy Spirit today to give us wisdom and understanding, especially in our faith and our dealing with others. Let us walk more and more faithfully with Jesus each day and try to live as He did, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, loving others and giving our lives to the service of those around us so that our world can be transformed.
Easing of restrictions from 15 May
We understand the desire of everyone to return to the Masses and sacraments, but we continue to cooperate with the policies developed to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone. The Queensland Government has announced the implementation of step one which will allow for gatherings of up to 10 people for weddings, places of worship and religious ceremonies. Funerals will be increased to a maximum capacity of 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. These protocols will be in effect through to 12 June 2020 and are subject to change with any ongoing amendments to Queensland Health guidelines. All of these activities must continue to observe social distancing. This news requires further consultation in regards to implementation for parishes and workplaces. We are hoping for a statement that will be released from the Archbishop’s office next week to outline how these new guidelines will be implemented within the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.