(25 May 2014, 10 May 2015)
O LORD, from whom all good things do come; Grant to us your humble servants, that by your holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by your merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Joel 2:21-26; Psalm 66:1-8; James 1:22-27; John 16:23-33
For the past couple weeks, hints of a change of focus have arisen as the Gospel readings have focused more and more on the departing of Jesus and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Now, with the Ascension of Jesus nearly upon us, this focus begins to take center stage as all today’s readings deal with the idea of gifts and provision from God. The Old Testament and Psalm both celebrate God’s promises and provisions, particularly in the prophetic sense as they foreshadow the giving of the Holy Spirit which is also alluded to in the Gospel. What the Epistle reading does, and subsequently the Collect, is turn towards us and remind us of the responsibility that comes with such wonderful gifts: thinking and living according to the will and life of the Spirit given to us.