Even as little as 30 years ago most families had just the one computer, one TV, and one car, and some families couldn’t even afford one. In those days, if you wanted to use the one your family had, the chances are someone else from your family wanted to use it at the same time. This forced us to learn to share. And if something broke, we got it fixed. We used to use things until it was impossible to fix them. Life evolved in slow motion compared to life now.
Fast forward 30 years and things are very different. We are used to having our own personal, even custom-fitted, products and devices. What this means is that there is no need to share anymore; the chances are, everyone’s got one. And with the sophisticated technology coupled with expensive labour, if anything breaks, it is often cheaper to replace the broken unit with a new one than try to fix it. As a result, when we go shopping we often buy the extended warranty or insurance so we will be prepared in the event things go wrong. Unfortunately, many people view our relationships like the electronic devices we own, or even if we don’t view them the same way, we at least treat them similarly. But our relationships do not work the same way, because if one of our relationships break, no warranty or insurance policy could ever replace it.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve made the move to become like God without God, and they failed. They ended up breaking their relationship with God, which in turn affected our relationships and left us with a damaged relationship with God. But instead of discarding or giving up on humanity, God the Father sent His Son to heal our broken relationships (between God Himself and His children), and sent the Holy Spirit to empower and send His children out to help fix the world’s relationship with God.
When the Holy Spirit, who is the “Soul of the Church,” descended upon the disciples at Pentecost, the Church was founded and the missionary work of the Church commenced. Pentecost, which means fiftieth day, brings the Easter Season to completion and a second climax; an illustration might help to explain this- if at Easter the sun rose in splendour in the morning, at Pentecost, the bright and warm rays of the noon hour sun redden and ripen the vines. The gardener who tends the garden and orchard is Jesus, and the sun that ripens the fruit is the Holy Spirit.
As part of diaconate ordination, after the candidates to diaconate have promised to live a life of celibacy and obedience to the bishop, the bishop says to them, “May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.” At Pentecost the Holy Spirit did exactly that – the Holy Spirit brought the good work which Christ began in the disciples to fulfillment. May the Holy Spirit do the same for us today and bring the good work begun in us to completion!