On Sunday the great Easter season draws thunderously to its close. It all ends not in a whimper but in a bang: the Holy Spirit is released into the Church and into the world. Things are never the same again. One of the striking things about this event is the way in which it transforms the disciples from timid cowards into men who are prepared to die to spread the message they have heard. Another striking thing is how far that gospel message penetrates the world in such a short space of time. Without tv or the internet or even the telephone, within a few years Christians are found throughout and beyond the confines of the Roman Empire. The Spirit has indeed renewed the face of the earth.
And he continues to do so. Even a cursory glance at the history of the Church shows that the world has often been planning Her obituary when once again She has burst into new life. All this has been done through the Spirit. Our task today is to listen to what the Spirit is saying to us about where the Church must go next. If we agree then once again the Church will be renewed and confound those who think She is half dead with the fullness of life found in Jesus alone.