Church of England Diocese of Blackburn St. Leonard Penwortham

Thought for the week

22 Apr 2020, 12:15 a.m.
From_the_Vicar

My mistake…..

On Sunday in Worship @ Home we sang:

This is the day,

This is the day that the Lord has made,

That the Lord has made.

We will rejoice,

We will rejoice and be glad in it,

And be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made,

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day,

This is the day that the Lord hath made.

This is the day,

This is the day when he rose again,

When he rose again.

We will rejoice,

We will rejoice and be glad in it,

And be glad in it.

This is the day when he rose again.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day,

This is the day when he rose again.

I deliberately missed out the last verse, thinking that referred to Pentecost and we not there yet. Reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day of the resurrected Jesus appearing to the Disciples in the locked room, and then again, a week later, when Thomas was present. Jesus breathed on the disciples and said: ”Receive the Holy Spirit”. We should have sung:

This is the day,

This is the day when the Spirit came,

When the Spirit came.

We will rejoice,

We will rejoice and be glad in it,

And be glad in it.

This is the day when the Spirit came.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day,

This is the day when the Spirit came.

Far be it from me to rewrite hymns (although there are some candidates!), I do want to change the words to this one.

This is the day when he rises again

This is the day when the Spirit comes

We are just celebrating a past fact, but a present reality. Every Sunday we celebrate the resurrection, every day we celebrate the coming of the Spirit.

As Jesus breathed on the disciples giving the Holy Spirit, they had to breathe it in. Breathing is something we do naturally without thinking, although in the current pandemic we’re very aware of the effect Corona Virus has on our lungs.

In the Old Testament god is known only as Yahweh – I am that I am. God’s name was to holy to spoken. The word Yahweh is said with a breath out.

Stop for a moment, listen, be aware of your breathing.

Breath in God’s Holy Spirit

Breath out God’s holy name Yahweh, in praise

Each moment we can breath in the Spirit and breath out God’s praise.