Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Saint John the Baptist, Oakfield, Ryde and Holy Trinity, Ryde

Thought for the day

3 May 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Thought for the day

By Mike Brooke

The events recorded in our reading from Acts took place during the morning of the Day of Pentecost. Earlier in this chapter you’ll read that what happened convinced over 3,000 people to be baptised and become followers of Jesus. The apostles had probably spent the ten days since the ascension of Jesus together and unsure of what to do next: in a sort of lockdown. But their faithful prayers had been answered by the promised arrival of the Holy Spirit, to empower them to start carrying out Christ’s great commission: to go and make disciples of all nations, starting in Jerusalem.

But look at what they did first. They spent time learning from the apostles, praying and eating together in a fellowship of common love and care for each other. They’d been set free from fear and confinement. They went out sharing the love of God with everyone they met; in the temple, in their homes. The result, Luke tells us, was that they enjoyed the favour of all the people.

We can’t yet follow their example, but we will eventually be set free again. Then we should go out into the world and proclaim our faith in what we say and do. There’s been a surge in people Googling the word “prayer”; we should be aware of that and seek to open our hearts, as well as our church buildings, when the time comes. People are now, more than ever, seeking to know what life is all about; we can tell them. As Jesus says in the Gospel reading, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.