Monday 3 June 2019
ST CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS.
Acts 19:1-8. Psalm 67(68):2-7. John 16:29-33.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth – Psalm 67(68):2-7.
‘Take courage: I have conquered the world!’
The week leading up to Pentecost is an opportunity to pause and consider whether we have a sense of the presence or absence of God in our lives. The feast of the Ascension, just celebrated, can seem like the end of the story of Jesus. But it is really just the beginning. The approaching feast of Pentecost reassures us of the ongoing presence of Jesus, through the Spirit, in the life of the church and the lives of individual believers.
This week starts with Jesus telling us plainly to ‘take courage’ and believe that God has conquered the world. Through Jesus, God has already defeated the worst that the world can throw at us. As Pentecost approaches, may this Spirit of courage and faith take a hold of us once again and renew our strength and sense of purpose.