Living in the gap
We are in between Jesus’ Ascension and the coming of God’s Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Sunday 31 May). So, like the disciples who must have wondered what was going on, we wait for Jesus to fulfill his promise. There are other seasons like this. Advent would be a perfect example.
Waiting is part of the stuff of life. Waiting at the dentist. Waiting for a plane at the airport. Some waiting is bad – as waiting for a delayed flight to take off. But waiting can be good for you – teaching you to be patient, perhaps, or to value things when you eventually receive them. Some waiting is joyful – as when we wait for a friend or loved one to appear. Some people say they can’t wait for something to happen – meaning they are really looking forward to it. Waiting for Pentecost is like that - a good joyful expectant sort of waiting.
We are waiting to celebrate something pretty awesome – we could say the completion of Jesus’ mission – at least to us living on earth. But actually Pentecost is just the beginning. We call it the birthday of the Church. God’s Holy Spirit will be with us.
Paul writes about “running with patience the race set before us”. We are on a journey which in this life will not have reached its destination. We struggle to realise the vision – but we do so in the here and now, in the circumstances we find ourselves in, with all the limitations. But with the Holy Spirit we will have a comforter, a guide, an inspirer.