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A Message from Our Vicar – May 2019

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

I have always believed that people come into our lives for a reason. Family, of course, are there from our beginnings and our parents influence who we are and the values and ethics we develop as we grow into our own adulthood. As children, it is true that we learn what we live, what we witness and what we experience and this comes largely from the parents, grandparents, and other adults who raise us.

But then, as we grow we find that other people enter our lives – friends we make along the way, some of these friends we will keep for many years, there will be friends who come into our lives for a short time and friends we will lose contact with and then pick up again.

This month has seen Mick and I visiting such friends in France. Some friends, of many years standing, moved to the Loire valley over 10 years ago and although we have seen them from time to time, it was not until last summer that we were able to spend a good few days with them and it was as though all time had been stripped away. Good friends will always be there and constant, even when circumstances might pull you in different directions. They will be a part of your lives and they will be there for you, as you are for them.

And then there are people who come into your lives and influence it in ways you could never imagine – people who change the way you look at life, people who make you re-prioritise, people who just inspire you.

Life is just full of entrances and exits. Birth, of course, is the ultimate entrance and death the ultimate exit. In this period between Easter and Pentecost we reflect upon the death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ.  Jesus, who exited as He died upon the cross, was then raised from the dead and appeared to His friends and followers on several occasions.

Jesus knew that they weren’t ready to take up the work He had prepared for them. They weren’t fully understanding the task ahead. And so He needed to prepare them for the work ahead and for another exit and for another entrance: His exit in the form of the Ascension and His re-entrance in the form of the Holy Spirit – who would be with us for all time. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit at the time of His baptism and in the upper room, He breathed on His disciples the breath of the Holy Spirit, even before Pentecost.

Jesus is the good friend that will never leave us. He promised to be with us for all time. And He has kept that promise through the Holy Spirit. At the beginning of our Eucharistic Prayer we say: “The Lord is here” ‘His Spirit is with us”. He is a part of our lives as we are a part of his. He is the best friend we can ever turn to. And even when we are distracted and forget about Him in the busyness of our lives, He will always be there, ready and waiting to catch up with us, ready and waiting to catch us.

Life is full of entrances and exits. We are blessed that as we remember Christ’s Ascension on 30th May, we do so in the knowledge that on 9th June we will celebrate the wonderful feast of Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church.

God Bless




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