Election fever is upon us, which means our news is filled with the election trail. The Australian Bishops have issued a statement titled A Vote for the Voiceless. This statement can be found on the Church’s national website www.catholic.org.au/election.
I love Pentecost Sunday and the readings that reveal to us the coming of the Spirit as wind and fire. We can imagine being with the disciples in a locked room, filled with fear, and hearing the sound and seeing the presence of ‘God with us’ as spirit.
Jesus’ going at his Ascension was one of expectation, where he was lifted up while the apostles looked on. Jesus had appeared to them in many settings during the forty days after his rising and told them that while John had baptised with water, they would be baptised with the Spirit. The promise was that Jesus would return.
We begin this week with Jesus reminding us that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will teach us everything, and remind us of all that he has said. This can only happen if we immerse ourselves in the scriptures, and then in our tradition. And if we do this, then peace will be given to us, a peace the world cannot give. This is Jesus’ gift to us.
In John’s Gospel which we read last weekend, Jesus charges Peter with looking after and feeding his lambs and sheep. In this week’s very short Gospel from John, Jesus impels us to listen to his voice and to follow: