This time of the year is a very “in-between” moment in many lives of people. Students have finals, teachers must grade them and submit last grades for the year. Parents are preparing for parties to celebrate achievements and graduations. And for the believer, these are the days between the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit which will be, not only the birth of the Church, but the culmination of the Easter promises!
I am still musing over this quote my friend posted on FB because it speaks to the heart of this “in between” time. I share it with you here.
This way of Jesus ascending is not the final farewell. Rather this Second Mystery of the Holy Rosary is a reflection of how Jesus remains with us in a way in which we will never be disappointed, in an eternal sense. He will give us his spirit. He will breath his spirit upon us to strengthen and renew us, to bring about a new joy-filled life where reconciliation and unity is made the only reality.
The Spirit comes gently and makes himself known by his fragrance. He is not felt as a burden, for he is light, very light. Rays of light and knowledge stream before him as he approaches. The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console. The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well. ~Catechetical Instruction by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop
During this in-between moment, let us pray and wait with great anticipation for the fulfillment of promises!