This lovely photo was taken yesterday in Ballingeary, West Cork by Eileen Kelleher. They were a group of Dunmanway Beekeepers who gathered for an open day at the apiary of Donal Kelleher. It’s fair to say that they really stood out!!
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Thought For The Week
‘When you’re really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it.’ ~Rod Parsley
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to something deeply personal.
Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, gardening, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.
Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our anchor when we struggle and falter. The local church can be a place where people meet in joyful and happy occasions such as our recent first holy communion Masses, to sad occasions such as a funeral, but all the while there is a sense of connection, togetherness and sharing together.
Pentecost Sunday reminds us that the Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God’s love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find meaning, direction and fulfilment in our daily lives.
(Thought For The Week is updated each Monday)