‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ (Acts 2:37b-39)
Yesterday the Church marked the Ascension – the return of Jesus to his Father. Today marks a period of waiting – prayerful waiting – for the day of Pentecost, marking the gift of the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit that anyone can receive – if we repent. Repenting is more than you saying sorry. It is saying “sorry”, but it is also letting God forgive you; and then living like forgiven people; it is turning away from a sinful way of living. Maybe the same sort of question is in your mind as the disciples were asked: “What should I do?” The answer is simple: pray that as a prayer to God….. Lord, what should I do? Try it, every day between now and Pentecost in nine days’ time; and wait for the Holy Spirit to answer.