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Together Forever

This weekend we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost and give thanks for the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s important to understand that the indwelling presence of the Spirit does not simply mean that one of the divine persons of the Trinity is with us all the time. God is not separable.

The Father and the Son are perfectly united to the Spirit and to each other. Wherever one of them is present, all three of them are. Jesus himself implies this when he says: “If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him.” We should also recognise that the unifying power of the Holy Spirit is not just meant to bring each of us closer to God. God also wants to unite us to each other. It is the Spirit which makes the Church into the mystical body of Christ: one body sharing the work of the one Christ to build up one Kingdom of God. This has a special relevance for us as a diocese now that Bishop Seamus is asking our existing parishes to start working increasingly closely together in the new Partnerships. Surely now the Spirit is prompting all of us: to be more generous in our willingness to make sacrifices for each other; to think bigger not smaller; to open our hearts to each other rather than closing them. If only we listen to the Spirit, we cannot fail to forge even stronger bonds of unity in the future.

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